Moreland proposed a planning law amendment, C183, however a State-appointed independent planning panel determined council had not adequately conducted surveys and parking plans to understand the consequences of this change. Do you support this proposal to change planning laws that would allow developers to build Zero Car Parking developments in Activity Centres without requiring a planning permit?
No, I believe that before everything we must engage with the community before even considering such developments. We must also ensure that new developments have adequate parking for prospective residents to prevent further congestion of our roads with cars that will have to be parked on our streets.
A tribunal revealed that a recent Zero Car Parking development in Moreland had 7-9 cars secretly parked on the street. In order to trust these developments, residents need to better understand their impact on local amenity. Are you willing to support an urgent survey of existing Zero Parking developments, to ascertain their impact on parking in adjacent streets?
Definitely! With such a revelation we must urgently undertake a survey of existing Zero Parking developments to evaluate whether or not this model is viable, both for residents of these developments and the residents of adjacent streets.
The Zero Parking amendment, C183, failed in part because it did not follow the Planning Minister’s guidelines – the need to conduct parking surveys and understand impact on local amenity, and local input. Would you support that the parking restrictions are not rolled out until the parking survey work is completed, so that the use and needs of proposed restricted areas are better understood?
Of course, before we implement such decisions we must engage with the community to analyse the impact on affected residents and businesses. Only after extensive community surveys and analysis should we decide on whether these restrictions are rolled out.
The Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy introduces strict 2hr blanket 8am-8pm parking restrictions across much of Moreland. 2P restrictions Moreland-wide have never been debated in Council Meetings, or had any community consultation. Do you support these Parking Restriction Zones, and would you be open to restrictions going through community consultation for co-design?
I am personally against the introduction of these new restrictions, but would like to see community consultation and debate in council meetings to ensure that we come up with a solution that would be beneficial to all our residents.
Many residents feel that the needs of Glenroy, are different to the needs of Brunswick, are different to the needs of Coburg. Do you believe in the idea of one parking plan across all of Moreland, or that areas should be evaluated based on their local usage and needs?
In a large and diverse area such as Moreland, it would of course be logical to evaluate the needs of each area according to the needs of local residents. As someone who has lived, worked and studied throughout Moreland, I have seen first hand that the needs of our residents differ suburb to suburb or even street to street.
One of the central tenets of MITS is that people ‘choose to drive’, and council should make it difficult and expensive to use a car in Moreland, to discourage car use. Do you think this approach is the best way to discourage car use, or are you open to a less punitive approach?
While council should encourage residents to move towards more sustainable modes of transport while also recognising that many in our community rely on cars as their primary mode of transport be it due to work, family, age or lack of mobility. Therefore, before contemplating the implementation of such a decision we must considerate the needs and wishes of the community, particularly the above-mentioned groups who would be disproportionately impacted.
Zero Parking developments were constructed and approved on the premise that residents would not impact on local street amenity. This changed in Feb 2020, when council approved ‘Permit A’, which will allow these developments to buy an on-street parking permit. Do you commit to restricting all zero parking developments from obtaining ‘Permit A’?
Given the level of community concern, including our own petition of 1200 signatories, and disregard for the views expressed in community consultations, do you commit to redrafting MITS and the parking restrictions, with an eye to rebuilding the strategy with better community engagement? (Y/N)