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@Planning Town Planning prides itself on providing efficient and attentive town planning advice and services to our clients in the development industry as well as government sectors.

The company is based in Observatory, Cape Town and was established in 2007 by Anine Trümpelmann after 16 years of practicing as a town and regional planner in both the public and private sector.

@Planning is a compact and dynamic team of town planners who provide a total package of town planning services. If required by a specific project, we will co-opt the necessary experts into the team on an ‘as-need’ basis to ensure our team meets the client’s and the project’s needs. We also function well in multi-disciplinary teams and work closely with many professionals in the development industry.

Our Mission is to:

  • Serve our clients in the most effective and efficient way and to act with integrity in all matters;
  • Provide a hands-on and highly professional service;
  • Provide clients with strategic advice in respect of their project;
  • Ensure excellent communication with all parties involved in a project;
  • Follow a work philosophy rooted in the precise application of planning law whilst promoting development in line with strong planning principles and policies;
  • Provide clients with strategic advice in respect of their project;
  • Ensue that our advice is balanced and considers all options;
  • Ensure that our advice also considers broader issues such as special care for the environment (both built and natural), community needs, sustainability and long term implications;
  • Remain on top of our game, to remain informed of the latest developments in planning legislation, process, policy and approach;
  • Ensure we uphold the professional code of conduct at all times;
  • Achieve successful conclusion and implementation of our projects.

What is Town Planning?

The modern profession of town planning mainly arose in response to the urban problems caused by rapid industrialisation and urbanisation from the late 19th century. At the time it was recognised that intervention was required to deal with the unprecedented growth experienced in cities. The planning profession therefore creates overall spatial structure in cities so that development does not proceed in an un-orderly and destructive manner.

Town planning involves designing entirely new urban areas (such as new suburbs and new towns), or developing ways to manage, reform, protect or reorder existing urban areas.

Town Planning involves securing adequate provision for key urban needs such as housing, commercial and industrial uses, roads and public transport, water, sewerage, stormwater and other infrastructure, and open space and recreational areas. But it also involves working in challenging political and legislative environments. The tasks of reconciling competing development and environmental goals, incorporating community vision, and promoting the interests of ‘sustainability’ usually fall to the planning profession.

Town planners are often employed by municipalities or provincial governments to draft planning legislation or regulations, to make recommendations on development decisions or to make policies which guide the future development of areas.

Town planners in the private sector are appointed by developers and property owners to assist with the preparation of development proposals and projects, as well as the preparation of town planning applications and lodging them with the relevant authorities. A town planner will work closely with teams of specialists in the built environment field such as architects, heritage and environmental specialists, traffic and civil engineers, land surveyors and property lawyers.