Our practice emerged from the belief that liveable cities should reflect a sense of place, innovation, adaptability and creative design.

Michael Ryan Planning is a Sydney based urban planning and development practice offering a broad range of services in land use planning, urban design, local government and strategic thinking.

Founding partner, Mike Ryan established the practice in 2004. With more than 30 years working in the NSW planning system, Mike has successfully collaborated with a variety of landholders, architects, designers and technical consultants to achieve his client’s goals.

The success of the practice has come from his extensive knowledge and experience working at a senior executive level in the highly political Local Government environment for some of Sydney’s largest Councils.

Mike is currently a permanent panel member of the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel (representing Strathfield Council) and of the Cumberland and Strathfield Local Planning Panels.



A successful project requires strategic and tactical skills to achieve a desirable outcome.

Strategic Knowledge

Three decades of NSW Local Government experience has equipped us with comprehensive strategic knowledge and capabilities to achieve effective and realistic solutions.

Tactical Skills

Our strategic skills enable us to provide a balanced approach to the multiple competing interests of our clients, the broader community and consent authorities. Successful outcomes are the result of realistic initiatives.

Reliable and Trustworthy

Our services are independent and unbiased. Projects are approached with integrity and a need to balance the best interests of our client’s expectations and the wider community.

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