Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel-2 Approved
By Yechiel Sever
Following a delay of several months and 7,400 objections filed against the plan to build the chareidi Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel-2 neighborhood, the Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Committee decided to approve the plan.
The decision was reached after two days of discussion that included 22 hours of hearing objections from hundreds of Beit Shemesh and Mateh Yehuda Regional Council residents. The massive number of objections were fielded by Housing Ministry representatives, Beit Shemesh Municipality experts and the chairman of the Beit Shemesh Planning and Construction Committee and district committee member Rabbi Moshe Montag.
The decision means that the neighborhood, with its 1,800 housing units, are now approved for marketing and construction without further delays. The master plan will go into effect within weeks and immediately afterward the Housing Ministry will start selling lots to contractors.
The neighborhood joins its predecessor, Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel-1, which is currently in the midst of development and construction work, and is expected to take in its first occupants in another 14 months.