Given the city's natural growth and the planned expansion of the adjacent Highway 1, the municipality plants a row of cedar trees and the construction of walls to block the cemetery from coming right up to the highway.
International investors buy private land directly adjacent to the southern side of Jerusalem’s Har HaMenuchot cemetery. The land has been zoned for cemetery use since 2008. This becomes the future site of Sha'ar HaMenuchot.
Planning of the Sha'ar HaMenuchot cemetery begins, with the purpose of being exclusively for foreigners. Israel’s most expert architects, urban planners and contractors meet to plan an unprecedented and innovative modern cemetery.
Initial work begins on site, and preparations for actual development commences.