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.
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.