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?
Absolutely not. I believe the congestion problem we have in Brunswick is based on too many developers having been allowed to build Zero Car Parking apartment towers without contributing to the car parking stock available. As a Councillor, I opposed this amendment to the planning laws and will vote against it.
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. As a Councillor, I will be making decisions based on the evidence, and we need to fully understand the impact on local amenity of each decision to reduce car parking, as it has an accumulative impact. This work is very important and needs to be completed, the existing Zero Car Parking developments have had an unfair impact on neighbouring 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?
I don’t support rollout of car parking restrictions without the support of the local community, who should be surveyed and consulted on each decision. I believe before each decision we need to have parking surveys completed to better understand the level of restriction required.
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 the MITS restrictions, all restrictions should be made after careful consideration of the parking surveys and after community input. I recognise that Brunswick is not the same as other regions further North of the municipality. Each region, each street has its own needs, and community consultation for co-design is the best way to approach these restrictions in the future.
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 believe each area – actually each street – should be evaluated based on local needs.
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 believe in this approach. I believe in providing incentives like better public transport to encourage mode shift away from vehicles. Many people don’t have an option, they need to drive for work, to care for family, or because they have mobility problems, are elderly, disabled or other factors. We need to consider their rights and needs as well.
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)