Welcome to the Norton Master Plan Project Page!
In the fall of 2019, the Town of Norton began creating a new Master Plan that will help guide the town moving forward. To complete this work, we need to hear from you - Norton residents, business owners, and workforce members. Your input is the essential ingredient – combined with current, accurate data – that builds Norton’s Master Plan! Please join us for the Open House to Explore Land Use, Housing, and Economic Development. This event will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 9:00 to 11:30 AM at the Norton Public Library.
What is a Master Plan?
A Master Plan can be many things. It is a narrative document describing the story of Norton’s history and the experience of living in town today. It is a technical document that considers population trends and land use changes over time in order to chart where we are now and where these trends may be taking us tomorrow. It is a policy document that lays out an optimal vision for Norton and articulates the strategies, actions, and decisions that will assist the town in arriving at that future. In short, it is a long-range plan that helps guide the town, that builds trust by making transparent decisions, and that bases those decisions on accurate information and public input. For more detail, please see Elements of a Master Plan.
How to use this website
This web page is the online hub of the Master Plan process. We keep this site up to date with new information and events - please check in regularly and view the project sub-pages:
Get involved and stay informed
- Please join us for the Open House to Explore Land Use, Housing, and Economic Development. This event will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 9:00 to 11:30 AM at the Norton Public Library. It will be an "open house" style event that includes Table Activities and Mapping. Move at your own pace through three activities that help planners see your priorities for Norton’s future. For example, draw where (and how) you think the town should grow and where it should stay the same.
- Thank you for joining us at the Master Plan "Discovery" Workshop, which took place Saturday, September 28th, from 9 AM to 11:30 AM at the Norton Media Center. Click here to see a brief report describing this event! (Please allow sufficient time for the PDF to load.)
- "Like" the Master Plan page on Facebook
- Sign up for our Mailing List to be notified of all events that support the project.
- Provide your thoughts at your convenience using our Public Comment Form.
- Contact Norton's Director of Planning & Economic Development, Paul DiGiuseppe, or SRPEDD's project lead, Grant King, at 508-824-1367.
The Town is working with Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) to develop its next community Master Plan. (SRPEDD is a public, non-profit agency that serves 27 communities in southeastern MA.) The project will take place from September 2019 to roughly December 2020. SRPEDD does not have an agenda for the future of Norton or its Master Plan. Our role is to facilitate a proactive and transparent civic engagement process that gathers and integrates your views on community needs and aspirations. Your input is the essential ingredient – combined with current, accurate data – that builds Norton’s Master Plan.
(Photos taken in June 2019. From left to right: Wingate at Norton (looking east to Great Woods Marketplace), the Willow Crest Estates, and the former Reed and Barton site (currently being studied for remediation and redevelopment)).
(Photos taken in June 2019. From left to right: Norton Middle School, Route 123 E Main Street (looking west), and Bernie & Phyl's Furniture (looking east)).
According to Massachusetts General Law, a Master Plan has nine required "elements" (or "chapters"). We post drafts of each element here as they are created, and welcome comments on any section.
1. The Statement of Goals and Policies sets out Norton's vision for the future. It presents community values, goals, and the land use objectives that will meet these goals.
2. The Land Use Element describes Norton’s current and future land use patterns, including proposed locations for various types of activity, such as residences, businesses, and recreation, and the preferred relative intensity of development across the town’s diverse built landscapes.
3. The Housing Element creates a plan to meet the town's housing needs, which are identified using demographic and market information.
4. The Economic Development Element identifies strategies for growing the town's economy by building upon local strengths and bringing new and compatible opportunities to Norton.
5. The Natural and Cultural Resources Element is an opportunity for Norton to highlight and take stock of its natural, cultural, and historic resources.
6. The Open Space and Recreation Element describes existing open space and recreational facilities in town and aligns plans for future recreation and open space with project population needs.
7. The Services and Facilities Element identifies existing and anticipated needs for public infrastructure and services.
8. The Circulation Element provides an inventory of existing and proposed transportation infrastructure and services across all modes including private cars, public transit, and bicycle and pedestrian routes.
9. The Implementation section provides a blueprint and schedule for making the master plan a reality.
WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOP MATERIALS
Workshop 1 - The "Discovery" Workshop
PAST PLANS AND REPORTS