Peter Gross Associate


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2011 - Ontario

Year of Call: 1995 - State of Washington


Primary office:  Toronto


Areas of expertise:


Peter Gross

Peter Gross is an associate in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office, practising in the area of municipal land use planning law. Peter provides strategic and practical advice to help clients navigate complex development approval processes and obtain timely and cost effective results. 

Peter routinely works with teams of planning and technical experts to ensure that development applications satisfy the requirements of the Province’s policy-led planning regime, regulatory requirements and all applicable legislation. Peter also liaises with municipal staff to proactively resolve issues and facilitate submission and processing of development applications.

Peter frequently appears before various land use tribunals and courts representing clients on a wide range of land use planning appeals and defense of regulatory prosecutions.

Expertise

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2018

    • Community
      2018
      Ontario Bar Association, Municipal Section Executive, Vice Chair
  • 2015

    • Community
      2015
      Ontario Bar Association, Municipal Section Executive, Secretary
  • 2014

    • Community
      2014
      Ontario Bar Association, Municipal Section Executive, Member-at-Large
  • 2013

    • Career
      2013
      Wood Bull LLP, Solicitor, Municipal Land Use Planning and Development
  • 2011

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2011
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2010

    • Career
      2010
      Town of Caledon, Solicitor, Development Approvals and Planning Policy Department
  • 1995

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1995
      Year of Call, State of Washington
    • Education
      1995
      Seattle University School of Law, JD
  • 1990

    • Education
      1990
      Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, B.Sc.

Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario

Articles

Presentations

  • "Legal Tools for Resolving Land Use Conflicts." Presentation to the A&WA Ontario Section and OPPI Toronto District. May 14, 2015.

Peter acts on behalf of private individuals and commercial developers to obtain development approvals from municipal authorities, including:

  • Minor Variances
  • Consents to Sever
  • Site Plan Approvals
  • Zoning by-law Amendments
  • Official Plan Amendments
  • Plans of Subdivision

Peter regularly appears before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board) and the Toronto Local Appeal Body representing clients in appeals pursuant to the Planning Act

Peter also has experience with respect to development approvals under the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act and appeals before the Niagara Escarpment Hearing Office.

Peter frequently advises industrial clients concerning land use compatibility issues, including regulatory compliance in regard to noise, odour and air emissions.  He has extensive experience negotiating and drafting complex settlement agreements to resolve incompatibility between existing industrial uses and proposed sensitive uses.

Peter also assists clients in obtaining licences to extract under the Aggregate Resources Act.