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Minimum Distance Separation (MDS)

The Town reviews Minimum Distance Separation (MDS) between new development and agricultural uses to minimize nuisance complaints, such as odour, and reduce potential land use conflicts. 

The review of MDS may be required when processing the following application types:

  • Plans of Subdivision and Condominium
  • Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments
  • Site Plan Applications
  • Oak Ridges Moraine Site Plan Applications
  • Consent Applications
  • Minor Variance Applications


Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Rural Affairs created MDS Implementation Guidelines which provide direction on applying and calculating MDS. Learn more about the MDS formulae.

The following Town resources will assist homeowners and consultants in preparing MDS calculations:


For more information, please contact Planning and Development at 905-584-2272 x. 7338.

MDS is also applicable for Building Permit Applications. For more information, please contact Building and Support Services at 905-584-2272 x. 2233.