Netanya 2035 Metropolitan Core Outline Plan
The 2035 Netanya Metropolitan Core Outline Plan and the Metropolitan Employment Zone Plan have been approved.
The plans will change the landscape of Netanya, capital of the Sharon region, by adding 50,000 residential units and doubling the employment zone to 6 million m2, and expanding the areas designated for public institutions to 2.8 million m2.
The Metropolitan Core Plan – which covers roughly 800,000 m2, will include 3,000 residential units and about 250,000 m2 primarily for high quality office space, combined with a central park, high quality public institutions, as well as bridges, wide roads and an advanced transportation system.
The Metropolitan Employment Zones plan – will create a highly expansive, 6 million m2 “land reserve” for employment purposes, with a flexible definition of the types of employment along with improved accessibility to employment zones, and strengthening their connection with the eastern and western sections of the city.
Mayor Miriam Feirberg Ikar, the woman behind the plans, said, “These plans have the power to drive unprecedented change in all areas, from both the residential and commercial-employment perspectives. Netanya, which is already an attractive location for positive immigration, both of new residents and companies and organizations, alongside investors, will now experience a revival of the city’s older neighborhoods as well.”
In the Netanya Construction and Planning Committee’s session held this week, chaired by Mayor Miriam Feirberg Ikar, three far-reaching plans that will prove highly important to the future of Netanya, metropolis of the Sharon region, were unanimously approved. The city engineer, Paul Vitel, and his team, together with the planning teams, presented plans that will expedite statutory processes with the planning agencies and will lay out the principles of a general construction policy in Netanya for generations to come:
2035 Netanya Outline Plan: The plan, reflecting the initiative and vision of Netanya’s Mayor Miriam Feirberg Ikar, sets out the principles and trends for the city’s planning processes in the coming decades. Over the past decade more than 16 topical planning policy documents have been prepared in Netanya. They served as the natural background for Netanya’s new general outline plan, which was prepared over the course of three years in full cooperation and coordination with governmental offices and planning agencies.
The city engineer, the engineering administration team and the planning team headed by the firm Yaar Architects presented the principles of the plan, which has been accompanied throughout the years with public cooperation meetings both on the municipal and the neighborhood level.
The vision of the plan is to reinforce Netanya’s status as a resort city, which offers a high quality of life together with environmental conservation, while assuming a leadership position regarding social, educational, cultural and financial issues.
The plan’s important results include: a significant expedition of partial town planning schemes, creating and maintaining planning certainty that will lead to prosperity thanks to financial investments, improved accessibility including the public transportation system, determining sustainability principles, strengthening the special connection between the city and the sea, and also providing maximal flexibility to adapt the plan to the given realities, now and in the future.
As part of the outline plan, the city’s population, currently at 220,000 residents, will grow to over 320,000 residents. The number of residential units, currently at 67,000 (with a potential of about 70,000 according to current plans) will grow to 110,000 , almost doubling the percent of construction. Employment will also show impressive growth, as the size of the employment zones doubles, from 3 million m2 according to approved plans, to about 6 million m2 of employment areas in 2045, and over 4 million m2 in the interim (2035).
In addition, the plan provides clear guidelines on municipal design and also increases areas allocated for public institutions to 2.8 million m2. The positioning of 7,000 hotel rooms will be clearly defined, while expanding the beaches, creating attractions along them and building a marina and piers that suit Netanya, the Israeli Riviera.
The plan further offers to increase the city’s open areas by more than 500,000 m2, for the benefit of the public, in addition to the existing open areas the city has been blessed with, which also include four nature reserves.
Mayor Miriam Feirberg Ikar, the driving force behind the plans, said, “These plans have the power to drive unprecedented change in all areas, from both the residential and commercial-employment perspectives. Netanya, which is already an attractive location for positive immigration, both of new residents and companies and organizations, alongside investors, will now experience a revival of the city’s older neighborhoods as well. These plans join many other policy documents such as the master plan for City Center and the master plan for expansion of the beaches and visibility of the cliffs, which are transforming Netanya into one of Israel’s most modern and best-planned cities. By implementing the plans, our vision – a strong city, characterized by prosperity in all areas, is further validated.”
The Metropolitan Core Plan
The plan covers close to 800,000 m2, with about 3,000 residential units and 250,000 m2 primarily for quality employment purposes, including: commerce, high tech, and office space. All of the above is accompanied by the central park, combined with quality public institutions such as museums and cultural centers, an academic institution and, of course, bridges, wide roads and transportation – while adapting the space to Netanya’s new public transportation system, with trains and the BRT system (bus rapid transit). The plan’s borders are as follows: Ben Zvi Blvd. to the west, the Coastal Road to the east, Ahdut bridge to the north, and Ramat Yadin (Dora) to the south – a move that will lead to rapid development and renewal in the old neighborhood as well (Ramat Yadin), which is already a high potential target for NOP 38 and gentrification, and likewise in all of Netanya’s old neighborhoods.
For this purpose, a master plan for the city’s old part (the northern section of town) was been prepared in the past – its principles were integrated into the outline plan. Once it takes effect, it will be possible to promote the town planning schemes under the authority of a local committee.
Note that with this plan will bring about significant expedition of approval of the plans, many of which won’t even need to be brought before the District Committee.
The planning team is headed by – Architect Eden Bar.
Metropolitan Employment Zones plan:
Netanya’s employment zones include Kiryat Eliezer, Kiryat Yahalom, “the middle strip” – between the Coastal Road and the train tracks, Birkat Hanun, Kiryat Sapir and the science park (east of Kiryat Sapir).
Highlights of the plan: creating an extensive “land reserve” of 6 million m2 for employment purposes, while determining employment usage in the most flexible manner, which will allow proper diversification throughout the years and serve as an incentive to invest in the city, even within the older employment zones as they become more advanced. The plan places heavy emphasis on improving and upgrading accessibility to the employment zone, while strengthening ties between the employment zones and the eastern and western sections of town, empowering construction rights, delimiting premises for immediate development and designing the construction volumes and public space.
In addition, as a reserve, subterranean foundations will be planned within the “green strip.”
It should be noted that the plan embodies the fundamental features of the 2035 Outline Plan, and creates an intricate transportation system of roads and tracks – the central component of which will be main traffic artery that runs parallel to the train tracks, instead of Highway 20, which will only reach the Poleg Interchange. This will bring mass transit (from Tel Aviv northbound) that is integrated with city streets, resulting in improved accessibility that brings all the projects together into a single urban fabric.
Furthermore, the plan offers an additional transportation center near the university, west of Kiryat Hasharon, which will provide residents with service to a suburban train line, whereby the train is expanded to six tracks.
Additionally, the plan offers high construction rights, to facilitate initiatives and investments in the coming years.
The planning team is headed by Architect Yosi Farhi.