The sand stays in Holon
A new large-scale building plan aims to authorize 13,700 housing units, a sports campus and public buildings on a 4,000 Dunam (990 acre) area that is home to rare sand dunes- an important natural habitat. The sand dunes are rare natural resource, both on a local and national level. The dunes also provide an atmosphere for traveling and exploring the local habitat for families and nature enthusiasts alike.
An ecological report submitted by our professionals to the Tel Aviv Regional Planning board indicate the need to preserve 800 dunams of dunes in order to keep the local natural habitat functioning. Furthermore, there is a need to plan the development in the areas that border with the park in order to ensure the moderation of the new built zones on the ecological system (mostly in lighting aspects).
The Tel Aviv Regional Planning and Building Commission's objections committee approved SPNI's demand to incorporate the expansion of the area of the natural sand dune park in Holon in the local building plan- without reducing the number of planned housing units.
The new building plan will now preserve the 1,200 Dunam (300 acre) "Sand Dunes Park", a large open space with significant natural values that are unique to the area. The center of the park will be protected in its current state- with 400 dunams (100 acre) of the sand dunes remaining as they are today. The outer circle of the park will be designated for recreational purposes.
We at SPNI congratulate this decision: "It is one of the last few significant natural spaces left in the Tel-Aviv metropolis that preserves rare natural resources on a national and on a local level. We are delighted that both the municipality of Holon and the objections committee agreed with us on the importance of this site and enlarged it to a size that will allow a stable ecological system to thrive. SPNI congratulates the committee for this decision and the municipality for promoting a feasible plan for sustainable urban development in the area".
The protection of open spaces and preservation of biodiversity are in the core goals of nature protection across the world. Holon is a city built on sand dunes (in Hebrew: Holot) and the important decision to protect Holon's natural legacy strengthens the city's "green" image.