Community Master Plans

Norton Master Plan

This web page is the online hub of the Master Plan process. We keep this site up to date with new information and online and in-person events - please check in regularly and view the project sub-pages listed below.

Welcome to the Norton Master Plan Project Page

Norton is creating a Master Plan that will help guide the town moving forward. To complete this work, town officials 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 your community Master Plan!

What is a Master Plan?

A Master Plan can be many things. It is a narrative that tells the story of Norton’s history and the experience of living in town today. It is a technical document that considers population, market, and land use changes in order to chart where we are now a course for tomorrow. It is a policy document that lays out a consensus vision for Norton and articulates the strategies and actions that will help the town meet its goals. 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 or this example from a nearby town.

Project Roles

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 began in Fall 2019 and will wrap up by Winter 2021. Our role is to facilitate a proactive and transparent civic engagement process that gathers and integrates your views on community needs and aspirations.

Stay Connected

Virtual Workshops

Join us for the next Virtual Workshop on Open Space and Recreation and Natural and Cultural Resources.

Mailing List

Sign up for our mailing list to be notified of all the events that support the project.

Project Listening Line

Leave a voicemail or send a text to the Master Plan listening line at (508)-622-5221.

Direct Contact

Email SRPEDD project lead Grant King, AICP, at gking@srpedd.org or Norton Director of Planning and Economic Development Paul DiGiuseppe.

Join the Discussion

Public Comment Form

Use the Public Comment Form to share your opinion regarding aspects of the Master Plan process. You may choose to include your name and email or remain anonymous.

Some guiding questions:
- What are the top issues for the Town's future?
- Do you have any suggestions for the public input process?

Interactive Map Gallery

Elements of a Master Plan

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 and Transportation 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.