18.07.2011 16.Tammus, 5771
Planners deny Harish will soon be home to 150,000 ultra-Orthodox residents, but local secular residents and neighboring locales are worried – and taking legal steps, as well.
Just over a week ago, the future ultra-Orthodox city of Harish came closer to reality, after the National Planning and Building Council voted in favor of its master plan. The plan, Harish 1, encompasses most of the future city's area – i.e., its residential neighborhoods and a business center. The committee which is planning the city, located in the southern Galilee, is headed by Yigal Shahar and is now working on Harish 2, a master plan for expansion. Altogether the two plans will affect an area of about 4,500 dunams (1,225 acres ) and will include about 9,000 housing units.
At present, Harish is a small town. The plans will not only expand it enormously, but will drastically change its existing character….