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Introducing our team of highly dedicated experienced professionals specialising in all aspects of town planning and development.


Ian Adams

Principal Planner

Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
Graduate Diploma of Management

Ian has over twenty (25) years’ experience in urban & regional planning, having worked with both local Councils and private consultancy firms. Ian was established as an accredited consultant for Brisbane City Council, RiskSMART program for fast-tracked development approvals in 2008. He is also an accredited consultant for Logan City Council for RiskSMART assessment of development applications. In 2015 he was accredited by Brisbane City Council as a SealSMART consultant to fast track compliance assessment and survey plan sealing.

He has extensive experience in the evaluation of development potential and planning scheme requirements, has high level Project Management skills and is able to undertake development feasibilities and due diligence. Ian also has a strong track record in the achievement of approvals for Residential, Industrial, Commercial and mixed use development proposals.

Ian has substantial experience in negotiation to achieve positive outcomes for his clients, as an expert witness in planning and environment court appeals, extensive knowledge with the administration of planning and development related legislations.

Certified Practicing Planner (CPP 4947R)

 Professional Membership:
 Planning Institute of Aust (1995)
 Urban Development Institute of Aust
 Enviro Development Professional (2012)

Graham Williams

Senior Town Planner


Bachelor of Built Environment (Urban & Regional Planning) Graduate Diploma of Environmental Management
Graham has twelve years' experience in town planning gained in both local government and private sector. Graham joined The planning Place in early 2014 after spending eight years in Moreton Bay Regional Council in the Development Assessment team. With significant experience with Queensland Planning Legislation and working on a range of subdivision, multiple dwelling, commercial and industrial development projects throughout South East Queensland, Graham can assist with project visioning, development feasibility and the development approval process. Graham is also a RiskSMART Accredited consultant with the Brisbane City Council and can assist you with potentially fast-tracking your next development application. 

Michael Harries
Senior Town Planner

Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning                   

Michael has been an integral part of the team here at The Planning Place since 2011, is an accredited consultant for SealSMART with Brisbane City Council. Having extensive experience in Project Management and Development Applications for small to medium scale subdivision developments in South East Queensland, Michael is able to utilise his experience within a diverse range of fields of development, including residential, industrial and commercial, but most prominently with development applications including subdivisions, new house approvals, multiple dwellings, house extensions, commercial extensions and heritage developments  

Charlotte Alchin
Town Planner

Bachelor of Urban Design

Charlotte joined The Planning Place in August, 2015, from Logan City Council and has a comprehensive understanding of Council planning controls and urban design principles. Charlotte has extensive experience within a diverse range of fields of development, including small to medium scale subdivisions and multiple dwellings with a focus on townhouse developments. Overall Charlotte has specialized in residential and small scale commercial projects, with additional experience in industrial developments.

Charlotte has experience in lodging successful development applications and also has extensive experience in self-assessable development certificates, preparing for and representing clients at pre-lodgment meetings, site investigations and preliminary reports.


Rebecca Saxty

Town Planner           

Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (Honours)

Currently Studying a MEnvMan (masters of environmental management) and has completed her Grad Cert.

Rebecca joined the team at The Planning Place in March 2016 and has been working on a range of developments, particularly residential and commercial development applications.

Rebecca has experience in statutory planning including preparing RiskSmart and standard development applications with council's throughout South East Queensland. Rebecca has particular experience in medium to large lot subdivisions, medium to large apartment developments, aged care facilities, heritage, including industry and farming facilities applications.

Andrew Burridge

Town Planner


Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning (Honours)

Having successfully completed a Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning with Honours at the University of Queensland, Andrew commenced his career preparing applications and referrals, providing development and planning advice across a diverse range of development fields, this experience has helped Andrew develop a thorough knowledge of Queensland’s planning processes and policies across its many Council’s.

Andrew joined the team at The Planning Place in February 2017 and has been successfully completing work on a broad range of development applications for our clients, and has a keen interest in developing his knowledge in the areas of plan sealing & project management, with the view to obtaining his SealSMART Accreditation.

Andrew’s experience in the preparation and coordination of development applications has seen him successfully deliver positive outcomes for clients on a range of residential, commercial, industrial, community and subdivision projects of varying scale throughout South East Queensland.


Bridget Schulz
Student Town Planner             

Bridget joined The Planning Place in July, 2015, and is currently undertaking her studies at the University of Queensland.

Bridget works with the senior planning consultants at TPP and has a good understanding of Council planning controls and urban design principles. She has assisted on a range of Community Projects, in the preparation of urban design projects and undertakes day-to-day administration for the team at TPP.

Lee Morrison
Business & Accounts Manager

Lee is our business and accounts manager for the firm. Her role includes payroll, debt collection, and bookkeeping. She also ensures quality assurance systems, workplace health and safety measures and other business reporting requirements are met by the firm. She commenced with The Planning Place in 2004. 

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Ian Adams
Principal Planner

Bachelor of Urban
and Regional Planning
Graduate Diploma of Management


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