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 oppose this amendment, as I strongly believe that any future developments should consider adequate parking for its residents. Also, there needs to be adequate consultation with the community before any such amendments are made.
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 do support a survey of all existing Zero Parking developments, as this information is crucial for residents and Councillors to make an informed decision
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 do support the parking restrictions not being rolled out until the parking survey 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?
No, I do not support these Parking Restriction Zones without proper community consultation. As these restrictions are going to have significant impact to the community, proper community consultation is required before any such decisions are made.
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 not believe in one parking plan across all of Moreland, as it will not work. Every area has its own needs and differences. For example, residents of Brunswick and Coburg have more public transport options compared to residents of Glenroy, hence the parking requirements in these areas can be different to other areas.
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?
It is absurd to think that all people 'choose to drive'. Everyone's situations is different, and not everyone has the luxury to ride a bike or use public transport. For many people, this is not the case – eg. how would a professional couple with 2 or more kids manage their work and kid's activities without a car? How is it feasible for somebody working 2 jobs where there is no public transport?
People should be educated and encouraged to use other means of transport, but it should not be enforced, as it is not practical.
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)