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 the proposal to planning law amendment C183. Although the amendment was made to promote sustainable transport that tailors for projected population growth, I believe further analysis should be undertaken to ensure adequate benefits over-weigh challenges for the locals in Moreland. There has been a clear indication from locals whom expressed their concerns about these changes, their voices must be heard and taken into consideration.
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 will support a survey to be carried out, and any action that could assist a counterargument against amendment C183.
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, this is a vital stance to ensure a satisfactory changes are made and understood by the locals. Locals need to better understand changes to, and impacts on local amenity.
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?
Parking restrictions are necessary and commonly used across all councils in Victoria. I would support the notion of having community consultations if it can be established accordingly with other Councillors. Local input may raise ideas and concerns that have not been anticipated by council, community consultation for co-design is a great collaborative initiative moving forward.
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 that each suburb has its unique diverse needs, in saying that, it would be difficult to conclude one rule applying to all. Again, I stress the importance of collaboration between residents and council to find manageable solutions.
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 this is the best way to promote a more sustainable Moreland, rather people should be encouraged, not punished, to participate in a healthier way of living. People have the right and freedom to choose how they commute and you cannot impose a one way strategy for all.
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)