NMP 1, Israel's new master plan, is the result of a government decision instructing planning authorities to clarify and simplify national master plans, and to combine them in the framework of a single national master plan.
The rationale underlying this decision was the need for a single master plan that would unify all the numerous complex topical national master plans and provide a general comprehensive perspective that would regulate development, infrastructure and environmental systems.
Up until now, planning topics were spread over numerous plans, each formulated in its own specific language and style. Over the years, the plans underwent extensive modifications, and navigating them became a complex undertaking. This made it difficult to access the content of the plans for both professionals and nonprofessionals. NMP 1 combined the contents and principles of the various topical national master plans in a simple, up-to-date compilation far greater than the sum of its parts.
The new plan is clear, simple, accessible to all, and can now serve as an effective aid in implementing national planning policy.