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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 anything being built without a proper, consultative planning permit.

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 am.

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, I agree with halting any rollouts until more survey work is completed and potential negative outcomes are known. 

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 do not support blanket 2P restrictions being implemented Moreland wide. I would definitely campaign for community consultation and Council debate as a starting point. Anything that potentially impacts our resident's amenity negatively needs to go through community consultation and debate.

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 size does not fit all, especially 3 different suburbs like Brunswick, Coburg & Glenroy. Parking requirements and frameworks must be relevant to the stakeholders of the local community area, activity centre or suburb.

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 think that the "choose to drive" assertion is arrogant, discriminatory, fanciful and is focused on a particular demographic that does not represent the whole of the Moreland community, its needs or its expectations. My 78 year old neighbour with leg issues does not "choose to drive". When I take my children to a sporting event 10 kilometres away, we are not "choosing to drive". I will be campaigning for a total review of the "MITS" and its community stakeholder engagement. Cars are currently a very effective part of the transport mix and should not be subject to ideological punitive action.

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’?

Yes

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)

Yes