Steven D.S. Ross, Of Counsel

– Biography

About Steven D.S. Ross, Of Counsel

Steve Ross was called to the Bar in 2000 after completing his law degree at the University of Western Ontario.  Prior to law school, Steve obtained a BA from Western in Political Science and Urban Geography.

Steve has a depth of knowledge in Municipal, Real Estate, Expropriation and Land Use Planning law, having spent two decades both in the private and public sectors practicing. Steve practiced Municipal and Planning Law in London for eight years with the firm formerly known as Patton Cormier and Associates, where he worked with a variety of developers, public bodies and ratepayer groups.  Steve originally moved to Waterloo Region to work in house as the City of Kitchener’s real estate and planning lawyer.   He later was tapped to build an in house legal division for the City of Waterloo.

Steve’s emphasis on Planning Law is reflected in his experience before the LPAT and former OMB on all types of planning appeals, including official plan amendments, zoning by-law amendments, plans of subdivision, minor variances and land severances (consents). His passion for planning law also reflects both his desire to preserve our natural and built heritage while looking to the future in facilitating innovative developments for developers and other interested parties.  Steve is known for his practical advice, having extensive experience in both law and the business of land development.

Steve has been active in the communities he has served in, including being past president of Childreach in London Ontario, as well as the Chelsea Green Home Society, a not for profit housing organization with over 500 units either built or subsidized under multiple federal, provincial and municipal programs.

In his spare time Steve can be found with his family enjoying kayaking, canoeing, rowing, skiing and hiking.