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 don't support the proposal to change planning laws that would allow developers to build Zero Car Parking developments in Activity Centres without requiring a 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?
Absolutely I would support an urgent survey of existing Zero Parking developments to ascertain their impact on parking in adjacent 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?
Yes I would support that parking restrictions are not rolled out until the parking survey work is completed. There could be unforeseen consequences of rushing decisions that could have a detrimental impact on residents and businesses.
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?
Absolutely not - every suburb in Moreland is unique and, if necessary, bespoke solutions to traffic issues have to be developed with thorough, meaningful, transparent community consultation/engagement at the local level.
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?
Every suburb is different and would need individualised attention. As a resident of Gowanbrae, I also feel that the needs of our suburb are different to areas that are considered 'inner city'. Imposing blanket laws/restrictions on populations never leads to good outcomes, and since we talk so much about 'diversity' I would like to see parking solutions at the street level rather than replicating parking restrictions from one part of the city to another.
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 am absolutely open to a less punitive approach; many people do not have any choice in terms of driving. Eg. tradies. Technology improvements that are already in existence can help alleviate many of the stated outcomes of the MITS without trying to socially engineer residents to fit some idealised vision. For example, smart driving technologies can reduce pedestrian accidents, and efficiently manage traffic flows. Battery/Hydrogen powered cars produce no direct emissions while in use, so air pollution is not affected. This is the most likely future for our sprawling cities, and I would like to see Moreland facilitate the emergence of these technologies rather than restrict transport options.
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)