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?
I think there is a market for zero car parking developments and presently I think the demand for housing with zero parking is greater than the supply. Car ownership for 18 to 30 year olds is going down and therefore there should be growth in the demand for this kind of dwelling. As for their locations, they should be located within walking distance of at least a train station and a tram line. I think The Commons is perfectly located for this kind of model.
I’m not sure what C183 proposes and what it defines as an activity centre but there are many activity centre’s in Moreland that are not suitable for zero car parking developments. I think the criteria to determine a suitable area for this type of development is proximity to train and tram, not proximity to an activity centre.
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?
Yes. That would be valuable data that can help us understand this area better. This is a really important market and it will be one of the biggest dwelling markets in the future whether we like it or not. The sooner we understand it the better. The culture around this market should be zero car ownership.
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?
Yes. The more information we can get, the better.
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 don’t know the detail around the parking restriction zones but I believe they should go through community consultation.
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?
One fundamental plan like reducing car trips is fine to have across an entire municipality but the finer detail should be tailored around each suburb or area since our areas don’t all behave the same.
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?
I don’t think we should make it expensive to drive, but I don’t mind generating some income that can go towards creating a better balance, which is the foundation of an effective transport network.
My choice of revenue would be to charge for short term parking on our main retail streets and MCC owned car parks. I would only support this if all the revenue went into active transport. The sooner we shift 20% of our car trips into walking and cycling, the better it will be for those who are still driving. I think we can meet that target without forcing large fees towards drivers.
Yes, I am happy to look at redrafting MITS, and I would also want to re-visit the 10 year cycling plan and possibly other areas too.
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)