Peter Dacomb was born in Pretoria in 1959 and matriculated in Warmbaths (now Bela-Bela) in 1977. He attended the University of Pretoria and achieved a BSC in Town and Regional Planning (then part of the Faculty of Engineering) in 1981. He started his career at the then Transvaal Provincial Administration (Department of Local Government) in Pretoria and moved to private practice in 1985. He became a partner in the firm Pheiffer Marais Incorporated (Urban Designers, Architects and Town Planners) in Randburg.

In 1989 Peter joined his current partner, Conrad Wiehahn in a new firm in Pretoria, later renamed The Practice Group where he remains as one of the senior partners at present. Peter has served on various versions of the SACPLAN Council of the regulating body of the Planning Profession (both in terms of the previous 1984 legislation and as part of the more recent SACPLAN dispensation). In the previous dispensation Peter served a term as the Vice-President of the then South African Council for Town and Regional Planners and currently serves as the National Chairperson of the SA Association of Consulting Professional Planners, a voluntary association recognised under the SACPLAN legislation.

Apart from his town planning degree, Peter also holds further qualifications in Property Development and Management and Integrated Environmental Management from the then Technicon RSA and the University of Cape Town respectively. He was a co-author of the Gauteng Planning and Development Act, 2003, the more recent Gauteng Planning and Development Bill, 2010 and an early version of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, 2013 (SPLUMA), as a member of a technical team appointed by the Presidency. Peter lives in Waverley Pretoria and is married to Lida, an affair which started at school in Bela-Bela. The Dacombs have 3 children, two sons and a daughter.

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