Rob Howe is a partner in the Municipal and Land Development Group at Goodmans. His practice focuses on land use planning and public infrastructure matters for private and public sector clients.
Rob has a wide range of experience in land use planning matters, appearing regularly before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly Ontario Municipal Board), the Ontario Court of Justice, and before municipal councils. He has represented both landowners and municipalities regarding development proposals throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) that include major residential and mixed-use greenfield development, as well as large industrial and retail developments. He has also been involved in significant hearings regarding municipal official plans engaging topics that include environmental feature protection, cultural heritage conservation, Growth Plan policy and land budget/urban area expansions.
In addition to dealing with land use planning regulation and approvals, Rob has developed a specialty in servicing and financial matters related to land development, including the negotiation and drafting of complex agreements between landowners and municipalities regarding the provision and funding of municipal infrastructure, and landowner cost-sharing agreements. Rob also routinely represents landowners regarding development charge by-laws at the municipal level and in appeals before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal and Superior Court.
Rob’s public sector experience also includes working with the City of Toronto's Legal Services Division early in his career.
Rob is recognized as a leading lawyer by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Chambers Canada and Best Lawyers in Canada.
Rob’s representative work includes acting for:
- a group of landowners in the Region of Waterloo successfully achieving an expansion of the Region’s urban area boundary through an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board of the Region’s Official Plan
- the Building Industry and Development Association in numerous reviews and appeals of development charge by-laws across the GTA, including in milestone cases before the Ontario Municipal Board and the Superior Court of Justice that successfully challenged methodologies proposed by municipalities to increase development charges
- the group of landowners developing the Seaton Community in Pickering, negotiating and drafting a front-ending agreement with the Region of Durham to secure the financing and construction of $400 million worth of infrastructure required to develop the community
- the Town of Oakville in respect of hearings before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal regarding the proposed redevelopment of the Glen Abbey Golf Course lands
Awards & Recognition
Chambers Canada Band 3, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use Ontario 2023
Best Lawyers in Canada Recognized: Municipal Law, Real Estate Law 2023
Best Lawyers in Canada Recognized, Real Estate Law 2022
Chambers Canada Ranked, Tier 2, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use - Ontario 2022
Best Lawyers in Canada Recognized, Municipal Law 2022
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Repeatedly Recommended, Property Development 2022
Rob is a past Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association. He sits on the board of directors of the Hassle Free Clinic in Toronto.
- Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B., 1993
- Memorial University, B.Sc., 1990
- Law Society of Ontario
Call to Bar
- 1995 Ontario
Municipal and Land Development
Toronto’s Growth Funding Exercise: Proposed Community Benefits Charge By-law, Development Charges By-law and Parkland Dedication Planning Instruments ReleasedOn April 12, 2022, the City of Toronto released a series of documents outlining staff’s proposed approach to the City’s first community benefits charge (CBC) by-law, a new development charges (DCs…
Municipal and Land DevelopmentOn March 30, 2022, the Ontario government introduced the More Homes For Everyone Act, 2022, also known as Bill 109, intended to implement certain recommendations from the Ontario Housing…
Municipal and Land Development
Ontario Rethinks Proposed Community Benefits Charges and Changes to Parkland Dedication and Development ChargesOn July 8, 2020, a little over a year after proposing sweeping changes to the planning regime in Ontario through Bill 108, the provincial government has introduced new legislation that would scale…
Municipal and Land DevelopmentOn April 14, 2020, the provincial government amended the Development Charges Act, 1997 (the “DCA”) and the Planning Act as part of omnibus legislation responding to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency…
Municipal and Land DevelopmentIn June of 2019, the provincial government enacted a suite of legislative changes to the land use planning framework in Ontario through Bill 108. One of the most significant changes was the…
Municipal and Land DevelopmentOn May 2, 2019, the provincial government released its much-anticipated “Housing Supply Action Plan”, which aims to address housing affordability through new provincial policies and legislative…
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Goodmans Presents: What is the Province Doing Now? Seismic Changes to Ontario's Land Use Planning RegimeJoin us for an informative and interactive panel discussion on the monumental changes to provincial legislation and land use planning policy that Minister Clark recently announced to expedite…
Mergers and AcquisitionsWe are delighted to announce Goodmans LLP has once again received top tier recognition from Chambers and Partners in the Chambers Canada 2023 Guide released today. Recognition from Chambers…
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