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The Minimum Distance Separation Formulae and Guidelines for Livestock Facility and Anaerobic Digester Odour Setbacks, Publication 853, was established to minimize conflicts between sensitive land uses and livestock facilities. The Minimum Distance Separation I (MDS I) formula determines setbacks between proposed new development and existing livestock facilities. The Minimum Distance Separation II (MDS II) formula determines setbacks between proposed new, enlarged or renovated livestock facilities and other existing or approved development.

When is an MDS Setback Required?

An MDS I setback distance must be met in most circumstances prior to the approval of:

  • Proposed lot creation
  • Rezoning or redesignation of land
  • For residential building permits
  • As directed by municipalities for local approvals for agriculture-related uses or on-farm diversified uses

 

An MDS II setback distance must be met prior to the approval of the building permit application for a first or altered livestock facility occupying an area greater than 10 square meters or any anaerobic digester.

For more information on MDS setbacks please visit the Ministry of Agriculture Food & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) website (link can be found under the External Links, or contact the Planning Department.

 

MDS I Guide & Data Collection Form

MDS II Guide & Data Collection Form