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 do not support zero car parking developments. Whilst I think we need to do more to address the climate emergency we are in, zero parking development does not fix the solution of people not buying cars or using them, it only creates more parking on side streets. We need to fix public transport, and increase the frequency of the #19 tram so workers can commute to work via public transport. We cannot address the issues of climate change through market solutions.
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 want to support an urgent survey of existing Zero Parking developments to see the actual impact it has 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 I support the parking restrictions being paused until the parking survey work is completed.
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 think we need more community consultation about the introduction of parking restrictions. The 2P restrictions where put in place to further push for zero parking development given zero parking development has failed in making sure there are less cars. Further more these restrictions further punish residents who are unable to have a car spot and pushed the cost onto them. I would support restrictions going through community consultation for co-design.
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 do think the needs of these suburbs are different. We need to assess what are the parking needs in every locality as well as proximity to public transport and commercial areas. We need to secure residents are able to use their cars for work without having to be put out of pocket.
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?
For most people using a car is already expensive. Paying for insurance and registration is a huge cost. We need better strategies that don't add to the cost of living but rather improve it. We should be looking at other avenues that are not punitive like encouraging people to use public transport more to go to commercial areas.
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)