Joe Hoffman is a partner in the Municipal and Land Development Group at Goodmans.
Joe specializes in municipal law with a focus on representing private sector clients throughout Ontario. Joe primarily represents real estate developers with planning applications for in-fill intensification projects in urban settings. Joe’s work encompasses a wide range of matters arising in the context of land development, including offical plan and zoning by-law amendment applications, site plan applications, minor variance approvals, heritage issues, inclusionary zoning, parkland conveyances to municipalities and cash-in-lieu of parkland, development charges, and urban boundary expansion matters.
Joe appears regularly before administrative tribunals and municipal authorities, including the Ontario Land Tribunal, the Toronto Local Appeal Body, the Committee of Adjustment, and City Councils throughout Ontario. Joe has also appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Joe’s representative work includes acting on:
- mid-rise and high-rise residential rental and condominium, mixed-use and commerical projects throughout Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, including the approval of the redevelopment of the Chelsea Hotel site permitting three towers and over 1.7 million square feet of gross floor area
- planning applications appealed to the Ontario Land Tribunal and Toronto Local Appeal Body
- appeals to the Ontario Land Tribunal contesting a municipalities’ valuation of cash-in-lieu of parkland
- rental housing replacement, navigating the approval process in connection with hundreds of rental housing replacement units in Toronto at affordable, mid-range and market rents
- urban boundary expansion matters within the City of Hamilton
- development charge appeals in the City of Markham, the Municipality of Clarington and the City of Missisauga
- BILD’s appeal of the City of Toronto’s Official Plan introducing a Development Permit System
Joe sits on the executive for the Government Relations Committee of NAIOP. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and volunteers in high school classrooms throughout Toronto as part of UrbanPlan, a project-based learning curriculum bringing together disciplines such as economics, city government, real estate and urban planning. Joe is also the recipient of the Alumni Mentor of the Year from Osgoode Hall Law School.
- Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D., 2012
- Dalhousie University, B.Comm., 2008, with Distinction
- Law Society of Ontario
- Ontario Bar Association
Call to Bar
- 2013 Ontario
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