Explanation an out building a private residential household.
In the sketch included above we present the popular reality: a lot with a building line on all its sides, defining the location of the structure so that a strip of land is formed in four directions and a direct link exists to the neighboring structures and to the common grounds. The local municipality is the one responsible for all that takes place in the private lot.
The attached sketch proposes to match the use of that lot with the Torah’s opinion
Based on the following principals:
1. The local municipality has no responsibility over and/or entry and/or the right to collect money or make any conditions within the private lot.
2. Every lot will pay a fixed, uniform payment for use of public infrastructures as well as payment for the local committee.
3. It is permitted to build in every lot however and as many structures as desired without having to obtain a building permit and/or report to the authorities under one condition: that there will be no opening made to and from the peripheral wall.
4. Development and handing over of the lots to the buyer by the contractor will be upon completion of all the public infrastructures: electricity, water meter, main sewage as customary in the lot’s margins, and the construction of a strong peripheral wall 3-6 meters high, which will be a part of an adjoining building (see plan) – a uniform entry gate 5 meters wide.
In this way we have created a new reality that sets a specific boundary between private property and the common grounds.
The alleged drawback is that there is no view and connection to the environment is precisely the advantage. After accepting this fact one can create a reality of individual life, connection to neighbors, and good and proper communal living with a large and practical yard space.
It is clearly visible that the change is in the theoretical perception and not in the neighborhood design.
To actively perform this change “only” the neighborhood/settlement’s regulations need to be altered. A mainly bureaucratic procedure meant to reach from the bottom up, from the individuals to the community and to the authorities, all the way to the state. His change can take effect in any residential neighborhood in Israel (without multi- storied buildings).
This process is happening and will happen in all areas and it is about time as part of the steps of our country’s redemption to open up to the ways of the Torah.
One should remember that neighborhoods such as these can be seen in the excavations of old Sussiya, in Aka, and Haifa. In Safed and Jaffa neighborhoods like these are still in existence today.