The foundations for Beitar Ilit were prepared in the year of 1988, and in 1990 the first wave of inhabitants settled in the city.
Very soon, the city was granted municipal status. Beitar Ilit is situated to the southwest side of the Jerusalem Hills, a mere 10-minute drive from the capital.
Beitar Ilit was planned according to local outline plan 426, which was approved in 1988. The plan includes state lands on three parallel hills: A,B,C. According to these plans, 17,500 housing units are expected to be built on a 4,300 dunam area, most of them in saturated construction.
In recent years, several private building lots have been allocated to people who wish to build their own homes. Throughout the years, additional lots were approved for construction and added to the local outline plan, with all of them officially being recognized as state lands.
One of these additional lots is territory D, which faces the neighboring settlement of Tzur Hadassah.
Moreover, about 850 dunams of land in the English Forest territory have been designated for the erection of a planned employment area. The three hills were planned as individual, independent residential neighborhoods, interconnected via transport links.
Each hill features commercial areas, public facilities and multipurpose areas.
Baiter Ilit is the first city to be established specifically for the Haredi population, and was acknowledged as one of the most optimal solutions for the severe housing problem of the Haredi community, within the framework of modern, secular surroundings. The city founders believe that territorial separation is the most appropriate approach to maintaining an independent lifestyle.