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 do not support the current proposal for Zero Car Parking developments. Any variation to parking requirements should be made on a case-by-case basis after understanding the impact on the community now and into the future.
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, I would support a review of existing Zero Parking developments to understand the impact on the community.
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 of course I will support the rollout to be paused until a comprehensive review is conducted and the impacts on the community understood.
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'm a very big believer in co-design. I would like Moreland City Council to co-design any further transport strategy with each community/suburb. We have a diverse community with different needs and requirements, therefore a blanket approach will not work across Moreland.
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?
I would like Moreland City Council to co-design any further transport strategy with each community/Suburb. We have a diverse community with different needs and requirements therefore, a blanket approach will not work across Moreland.
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?
No, I do not agree with this approach. I believe in a balanced approach between cars, bikes and transport. The current transport and biking infrastructure is not up to standard, therefore, if we would like to encourage our residents to use our bike paths or public transport we need to invest and attract our residents to start using alternative modes of transport. Using transport or biking infrastructure is not feasible for all residents, for example, healthcare workers or families with newborn babies, therefore a balanced approach is required.
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)