Regional Master Plan 1 for Jerusalem

The plan was designed to meet the needs of the projected population of Jerusalem and form the basis for the development of the county. The space of the Jerusalem Hills and the Judean Coastal Plain is considered the cradle of Hebrew civilization, of early Israelite settlement and of the reign of the kings during the First Temple. Jerusalem is a national metropolitan center attracting cultural and business activities. However, its development requires special care in order to preserve its qualities as a capital of singular importance both to Israel and the international community. Jerusalem has considerable absorption potential that may be realized both by increasing building density and by building in additional areas within the physical borders of the city. Directing resources internally and restoration and revival of neighborhoods will awaken the city as a whole. The overall goals of the program are:

  • Ensuring the prosperity of Jerusalem economically, socially and culturally. 

  • Maintaining the unique natural values of the area and its heritage.​​ 

  • Ensuring the sustainable development of the region for future generations. Of the plan and policy lines: 

  • Strengthening Jerusalem and its economic consolidation. 

  • Strengthening and diversifying relations between the province and the towns of Jerusalem; 

  • Encouraging construction and population growth in existing settlements in order to prevent the establishment of new settlements.

  • Increasing population density and new buildings within Jerusalem. 

  • Maintaining ecological and landscape values and preserving the cultural heritage. 

  • Maintaining the quality of open spaces and ensuring proper use. 

  • Improving public services offered to residents of rural and suburban communities, and creating joint service systems in the fields of health and education for the different population groups.