While the Local Committee for Planning and Construction is expected tomorrow to approve the master plan for the development of the northern Tel Aviv area currently used as the Sde Dov Airport terminal, LAGUR Content Manager Ranit Nahum-HaLevi explains that there are people who are trying to thwart the development plan.

Photo Credit: Adam Mazor-Eli First Architects and City Planners

The master plan for the development of the northern Tel Aviv area where the Sde Dov Airport terminal is located is expected to receive the approval of the Local Committee for Planning and Construction on Wednesday. The plan includes almost everything: 16,000 apartments, parks, schools, malls, a boulevard and even a 2,500-boat marina.

However, there are those attempting to delay the giant plan that has been moving through various planning institutions for the last decade. It turns out that the Ministerial Legislative Committee is expected to introduce a bill to prevent the airport relocation. 70 of 120 Knesset lawmakers support the bill seeking to allow the civilian aviation facility to continue to operate as before. If the proposal passes, the fate of the Sde Dov relocation project will be unknown.


The bill was drafted after Eilat Mayor Meir Yitzhak and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai pressured the government to allow Sde Dov to maintain its current location and continue to function, arguing that it is crucial for the residents of Eilat.

The Sde Dov area measures about 1.3km², 0.8 of which serves as a military zone owned by the State and the rest of which is owned by hundreds of private holders. 16,000 homes were planned for the area. Under the agreement between the State and the owners, the State will receive the building rights on about half the area in exchange for the revenue of about 4 billion NIS. The proceeds from those sales are earmarked for the funding the Shoham 3 Agreement, which deals with the relocation of IDF bases to the Negev.

Photo Credit: Adam Mazor-Eli First Architects and City Planners

Attorneys managing the compound on behalf of the hundreds of private owners are wondering how the State could choose a route that bypasses High Court rulings that would have it forfeit 4 billion NIS destined to grace the Israeli Finance Ministry’s coffers. In 2012, the government decided that the airport would be relocated by the end of 2018. Civil aviation operations were supposed to cease by April 2017 (in accordance with a High Court ruling on the matter) and military activity there was to stop in January 2019.

In the last few years, a steering committee with representatives of the Israel Lands Administration (ILA), Tel Aviv Municipality and representatives of the private owners of the properties in the compound has been pushing the plan. In 2009, the Tel Aviv Municipality asked four architectural firms for proposals regarding the compound. Proposals were received from Yaar Architects, Lehrman Architects, Kaiser Architects and Mazor Furst Architects.

The known composition of apartments so far is said to be diverse in a way that a quarter of the residences will have 2 rooms, another quarter will have 3 and the remainder 4 and up. Economic forecasts indicate that even the small apartments will be too expensive for most of the population, affordable only to households earning 30,000 NIS of more per month. Estimates of three-room apartment prices place them at a starting figure of 2.5 million NIS; 4-rooms starting at 3 million NIS and 5-rooms starting at 3.5 million NIS.

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