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Michael Forwood


Curriculum Vitae

Michael is a Director of Saunders Havill Group and the Manager of the Town Planning and Urban Design team. Michael has over 15 years experience both within the private and public sector and has extensive experience with the design, assessment and delivery of large scale and highly complex development proposals. This has allowed him to develop an understanding of the complexities associated with meeting the needs of both the private sector and government agencies and use this in the development and interrogation of planning policy.

Michael specialises in planning in coastal areas, infrastructure planning, housing for the ageing as well as the interrogation and analysis of geographical data relating to the development of land within SEQ. These areas are a focus for Michael as he believes these are critical planning areas within Queensland and have the potential to impact on the delivery of projects in a difficult legislative and economic environment. Being able to navigate existing legislation and understand the fundamentals needed to deliver developments, and associated infrastructure, is critical to the efficient delivery of new high quality developments.

Beyond project work, Michael is passionate about the advancement of the planning and development profession and he has been an active member of the PIA for over 14 years. He is a member of a number of PIA Committees and also provides support and technical advice to industry bodies including the PIA and the PCA.

PRESENTATIONS & PAPERS: 2011 - PIA How To Series - How To Navigate The Referrals Maze Under The SPA (Referrals For Coastal And Fisheries Activities) 2012 - PIA How To Series - How To use the Coastal Protection State Planning Regulatory Provisions 2013 - PIA State Conference - The Staged Retreat (Developing in Coastal Areas) 2017 - PIA Essential Series - Essential Referrals for Planners 2018 - UDIA - Developing the Underutilised Urban Footprint (UUF) 2019 - Presentation to UUF Working Group


  • Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours (Environmental and Urban Planning), James Cook University (2004)


  • Retirement Living Committee, Property Council of Australia Limited
  • Professional Development Committee Member, Planning Institute of Australia Limited
  • Division Committee Member, Planning Institute of Australia Limited
  • Certified Practicing Planner, Planning Institute of Australia Limited
  • Member, Planning Institute of Australia Limited, #9121 (2006)
  • Corporate Member, Planning Institute of Australia Limited