Welcome to the Norton Complete Streets Home Page!
The Town of Norton is participating in the MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program to make Complete Streets a part of daily practice. Complete Streets are roadways that safely and comfortably accommodate all users, regardless of age and ability or mode of transportation. Through the 2017 DLTA program, SRPEDD assisted the town with the development and adoption of a Complete Streets Policy that directs all town departments to consider Complete Streets design elements in all projects and phases going forward.
SRPEDD is helping the town develop a Complete Streets Prioritization Plan (list of projects) that will ultimately be used to apply for funding from MassDOT to begin the construction of projects on the plan. Additional information about the MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program and all project presentations, information, and resources can be found in the document library of this webpage.
How to Participate and Stay Involved
The Norton Department of Planning & Economic Development provides an abundance of information about the project and regularly maintains social media correspondence (Facebook, Twitter, and blog). In addition, you may share your ideas directly by emailing the Town Planner.
Throughout the Spring, interested residents, business owners, or others provided numerous areas in town that they felt needed better accommodations or had issues that need to be addressed. That information helped guide SRPEDD’s evaluation of the town and helped develop the projects that are found in the Complete Streets Projects Map.
MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program
The MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program was launched in February 2016 to provide technical assistance and construction funding to communities that demonstrate a commitment to include Complete Streets in policy and practice. In short, a community may be eligible for up to $400,000 in construction funding to implement Complete Streets elements in municipal projects and up to $50,000 in technical assistance funding in order to develop a plan to do so. The program is divided into three (3) “tiers” and a municipality must satisfy the requirements of the previous tier in order to advance through the program.
Tier 1 - Training & Policy Adoption
- Attendance at either an "Introductory" or "Advanced" Complete Streets Training (must be a municipal official/employee)
- Development and local adoption of a Complete Streets policy. Followed by submission to MassDOT for approval.
Tier 2 - Prioritization Plan Development
- Determination of Complete Streets needs and development of a prioritized list of infrastructure projects. Technical assistance available (up to $50,000 to develop the plan).
Tier 3 - Project Construction Funding
- Application for construction funding to implement the Complete Streets infrastructure projects on the Prioritization Plan.
Continue reading below to learn more about the MassDOT Complete Streets Program, the Norton Complete Streets Policy, and the current project.
For more information, please review our project pages and/or contact Jed Cornock at 508.824.1367 x318.
Norton has contracted with SRPEDD to complete the town’s Prioritization Plan (Tier 2). This project is expected to last until the early Summer of 2018.
Phase I: Document Review/Data Compilation
SRPEDD staff reviewed all available studies and/or data from the town or other sources to ensure that future projects aligned with the town's goals and policies.
Phase II: Existing Conditions Evaluation
SRPEDD staff performed a comprehensive existing conditions evaluation that consisted of a: 1) Network Gap Analysis (location and feasibility of closing the gap), 2) an ADA Survey (sidewalk obstructions & slopes, curb ramps), 3) a Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Transit Infrastructure Evaluation (presence & condition), and a Roadway & Intersection Crash Analysis (number & severity).
Phase III: Project Selection & Prioritization
SRPEDD staff developed a draft list of projects based on the data collected in Phase II and then scored each potential project using a comprehensive evaluation criterion (scoring system).
Phase IV: Draft & Final List of Projects
SRPEDD staff completed a Draft and Final list of projects (with cost estimates & construction schedule).
Phase V: Final Report
SRPEDD staff is currently developing the Needs Assessment & Prioritization Plan for the Town. This report will highlight the work that went into this project and will include the town's Prioritization Plan.
Norton's Complete Streets Projects
All of the projects can be found in the Project Review Handouts below.
MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program
Norton Complete Streets Program
Complete Streets Working Group Kick-Off Meeting (January 25, 2018)
Complete Streets Working Group Existing Conditions Evaluation Meeting (March 29, 2018)
Complete Streets Working Group Project Review & Selection Meeting (June 12, 2018)
Plans and Reports
- Norton Master Plan (1998; 83 MB, please allow sufficient time to download)
- Norton Subdivision Rules and Regulations (1998)
- Norton Open Space and Recreation Plan (update ongoing)
- Norton Zoning Bylaws