About Us

Specialist Consulting Town Planning Firm

Urban Dynamics is a consultant town planning firm, established more than 30 years ago, with combined professional experience of more than 100 years.  Our company strives to play a continued leading role in the property development industry of the Western Cape.

Urban Dynamics was established in Cape Town in 1991, and since then played a leading role in development planning in the Western Cape. We offer expert professional town planning services, including all aspects of the statutory process management involved in acquiring / unlocking land development rights. Our objective is to provide focused consultant service to private developers, municipalities and all other levels of government in the property development industry of South Africa. We pride ourselves in uncompromised quality of service, personal attention to client and stakeholder management and the ability to manage complex and mega-scale projects by applying our many years of professional experience within our team of professionals.

Mission Statement

- To provide the best professional town planning services in Cape Town, through innovative and dynamic planning methodologies, while taking into consideration the complexities and challenges of long term sustainability in the property development industry.

Business Philosophy

- We are committed to serving our clients
- No compromise on quality
- Input determines output
- Loyalty, honesty and integrity are fundamental and non-negotiable to our business
- Property is about people, people is about property


Years Service


years of combined in-house professional experience


residential units


Municipal Spatial Development Frameworks

Meet the Team

Meet the dedicated, highly trained and professional team behind Urban Dynamics


Director (Managing)

Paul Olden is widely acknowledged for his skilled ability of managing multi-disciplinary teams through the often complex and challenging statutory planning processes. His experience in the planning field spans over more than 25 years, including many successful projects for a range of different commercial clients, developers and authorities, including a number of large and mega-scaled projects. He is passionate about town planning and finding innovative and optimal solutions to property related challenges.



Gerhard Swart is a widely experienced urban and regional planner with a vast range of experience from strategic regional policy planning, local level municipal forward planning through to statutory development planning. His experience of more than 25 years spans a variety of different planning environments from coastal resort planning in sensitive ecological areas to large scale industrial, retail, residential, golf estates and subsidized low-cost residential townships.



PJ Lerm has 15+ years’ experience in town planning, including spatial policy planning, commercial development applications and integrated human settlement development. He has a keen interest in resolving complex land use development challenges, thereby finding the most sustainable solution in the best interest of all stake holders.


Town planner

Martin Botha joined Urban Dynamics in 2015 and has since been a dynamic young planner in the company. He has more than 5 years’ experience in town planning and land use applications, including all aspect from integrated human settlement planning to commercial developments and spatial policy work.


Survey Technician

Ferdi is a qualified registered (SAGI) surveying technician. He undertakes current & historical cadastral research, reconstructing cadastral baseline information and ensuring that all planning work gets done within an accurate base map system. Ferdi is skilled in AutoCad and GIS, preparing contextual maps and integrated township layout plans in the office.


GIS Specialist

Albert Ellis is a qualified registered (SAGI) GIS expert with more than 12 years’ experience. He manages all GIS software and data in the office, producing and updating maps for policy planning, municipal Spatial Development Frameworks (SDFs), zoning maps and contextual property maps.


Secretary & personal assistant

Elmien has 20+ years’ experience in secretarial support. She is the senior personal assistant to the directors in the company, assisting with day-to-day administrative functions in the office.


Admin manager

Erika has 30+ years’ experience in secretarial support. She takes responsibility for administrative management, bookkeeping, management & HR support in the office.