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Regarding Zoning Provisions to Implement the Minimum Distance Separation Formula (MDS)
Council for the Township of Melancthon has initiated a zoning amendment to incorporate the Minimum Distance Separation (MDS) formula in its Comprehensive Zoning By-law. The proposed amendment will incorporate both MDS 1 and MDS 2 provisions.
Interested members of the public are welcome to attend a virtual public meeting with Council to learn more about this initiative. The meeting date is:
Public Meeting:       Thursday, November 19th, 2020 – 5:30 pm
This amendment is proposing to add a new regulation to implement the MDS Formula, which is a Provincial publication designed to maintain appropriate separation distances between livestock buildings and manure storage and sensitive uses such as rural residential uses. A draft amendment is available for review by contacting the Township office. A key map is not appended to this notice as the proposed regulation would apply to the entire Township.
NOTE: This will be a virtual meeting. If you wish to attend the virtual meeting, please call or email the Township office prior to the day of the public meeting so you can be provided with a link to the meeting. If you do not have the capability to attend a virtual meeting, please provide written comments and a phone number where you can be reached to the Township Clerk prior to the public meeting.
The purpose of the public meeting is to ensure that sufficient information is made available to enable the public to generally understand the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment. Any person who attends the public meeting shall be afforded an opportunity to make representations to Council in respect of the proposed amendment.
If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Council for the Corporation of the Township of Melancthon in respect to the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment, you must submit a written request (with forwarding addresses) to the Clerk of the Township of Melancthon at 157101 Highway 10, Melancthon, Ontario, L9V 2E6 fax (519) 925-1110.
If a person or public body files an appeal of a decision of the Council for the Corporation of the Township of Melancthon, as the approval authority in respect of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment, but does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to Council before the proposed amendment is approved or refused, the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal may dismiss all or part of the appeal.
Further information regarding the proposed amendment is available to the public for inspection at the Township of Melancthon Municipal Office on Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Mailing Date of this Notice: October 26, 2020
Denise Holmes, CAO/Clerk
Township of Melancthon
North Dufferin Community Centre Efficiency Review
Together, the Townships of Mulmur and Melancthon are completing a Facility and Program Assessment of the North Dufferin Community Centre (NDCC) to ensure that the facility is operating as efficiently as possible, while meeting the community’s needs.
A draft report has been developed and is now available for public review and comment!  Please take the time to review the report and provide any comments you may have related to this study.
Click here to review the report
Click here to provide your comments
Community Consultation Meeting
with Mayor White and Members of
Council regarding the future direction
of the Horning’s Mills Community Hall
Monday, October 19th, 2020 – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Electronic Meeting
This meeting was held virtually, and if you were unable to attend the meeting and would like to submit comments, please send them to:
and they will be shared with Council.
Please click here for the Agenda package.
Please click here and here for additional public comments received after the Agenda package was posted.
North Dufferin Community Centre Board of Management
Public Member Vacancy
Due to the resignation of a Board Member from the NDCC Board of Management, the Council of the Township of Melancthon is accepting applications from interested individuals to fill this position. Anyone interested in serving on this Board should apply in writing to the undersigned providing a brief outline of their background, experience and interest. Applications must be received by Thursday, October 8, 2020 by 12 noon.
Summary of Qualifications, Duties and Responsibilities – Board Members must be at least eighteen (18) years of age, a Canadian Citizen, a resident of Melancthon Township and not employed by the Board or the Municipality. Members will be required to attend meetings and special meetings as set or deemed necessary by the Board.
Please forward applications to:
Township of Melancthon
Denise B. Holmes, AMCT
157101 Highway 10
Melancthon, Ontario
L9V 2E6

The Township Office will re-open on Thursday, August 20th at 8:30 a.m. after being closed for five months due to COVID-19.  Those entering the Township Office will be required to wear a mask, hand sanitize and sign a declaration before being assisted by Township Staff.  Please note that the Office will be closed Fridays for the month of August, including September 4th.




Please take notice that with the entering of Stage 3 today (July 17th, 2020), Staff will be re-opening the Horning’s Mills Community Park and playground equipment.  PLEASE NOTE that the playground equipment area is to be used at your own risk as it will not be sanitized. Please use extra caution against COVID-19, and help stop the spread of the virus by washing and/or sanitizing your hands before and after using the playground equipment and staying at least 6 ft./2 m. apart.
The Government of Ontario has announced that Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (WDG) will move to Stage 3 of the province’s reopening framework on July 17.  For more information on Ontario Regulation 364/20: Rules for areas in Stage 3 and further guidance, visit Ontario.
On July 14, 2020, WDG Public Health published a Media Release: Dr. Nicola Mercer revises Section 22 Order requiring face coverings in commercial establishments.  Dr. Mercer has updated the Section 22 Order on the use of face coverings in commercial establishments – changes to the order include:
  1. Clarifying language around exemptions to the Order and guidance on how to respond to exemptions
  2. An expanded list of commercial establishments consistent with the provincial government’s Stage 3 reopening announcement
On the WDG Public Health site you can find the updated Class Order and a page with updated Face Covering FAQs.
Dufferin County is taking climate action! Visit to share your vision for the future of Dufferin County and support the development of a Community Climate Action Plan. Participation takes less than 10 minutes, but your contribution will help shape our community for many years to come.

This program provides businesses with resources necessary to open to their staff and customers safely with focus of the sessions being on Health and Safety and the Employer – Employee relationship.  Check out Dufferin County’s page for full details of the program:


Council meetings are held the 1st Thursday and 3rd Thursday of the month starting at 5:00 p.m. (please see the schedule of meetings on the Council meetings page).  Please note, that due to COVID-19, commencing April 3, 2020, all meetings of Council and Committee will be held electronically using the ZOOM platform, until further notice.  Instructions will be posted to the top of the Council meetings page on how the public can join each meeting.  You can join the meeting by either computer or phone.  If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the CAO/Clerk, Denise Holmes at 519-925-5525.  

  • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Provincial State of Emergency, the Community Public Meeting regarding the Horning’s Mills Community Hall to be held on April 6, 2020 has been cancelled until further notice by the Council of the Township of Melancthon.
  • By order of Mayor White, the Horning’s Mills Community Hall is closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Provincial State of Emergency.
  • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Provincial State of Emergency, the Horning’s Mills Community Park Playground Equipment is closed to the Public until further notice.
  • The Municipal Office is still closed to the Public but Staff are available by phone to assist the Public 519-925-5525.
  • The 2nd Installment of the Interim Taxes due May 25, 2020 has been moved to June 25, 2020.
  • The Council meeting scheduled for April 2, 2020 will still proceed until further notice.
Through consultation with Mayor Darren White, due to COVID-19, effective 10:00 a.m. on March 17, 2020, the Township of Melancthon Municipal Office will be closed to the Public until further notice.
Some of our services are available online (tax payments, planning applications, fire permits) or Staff will be available by phone at 519-925-5525 to assist.
Denise B. Holmes, AMCT

Dufferin County is committed to offering efficient, streamlined service to our residents. The Building Division’s new online Portal is a “one-stop-shop” for building permit applications! To find out more:


Effective March 20, 2020, the Township of Melancthon Police Services Board will have a vacancy for its Provincial Member.  If you are interested in sitting on the Board as the Provincial Member, please visit the Public Appointments Secretariat website at for a downloadable application form or to apply online.

The Council of the Township of Melancthon would like to thank those who submitted an entry for its Slogan Contest.  The contest which ran until September 30, 2016 was open to Melancthon residents, Council Members and Staff.  There were a total of nine slogans received.  The slogans were reviewed at the October 6th Committee of the Whole meeting and voted on and the following slogan, submitted by Denise Holmes, was chosen:  “Preserving the Past ~ Protecting Your Future”.