Zoning Implementation Process
Join us for our third community workshop!
Tuesday, January 7
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cushing Memorial Center
At the community forum on Tuesday, Sept. 24, we asked attendees to give us feedback on what the zoning change should do. Answer the same questions in the survey embedded below.
About the Project
In a 2018, the Town of Norwell and MAPC created an Economic Growth Plan with the priority goals of:
- Maintaining a fiscally strong town government
- Maximizing efficiency in the town's industrial park (specifically Accord—no changes are planned for Assinippi)
- Introducing mixed use commercial and residential development
- Addressing wastewater infrastructure capacity
The plan's recommendations included changing the zoning at Queen Anne's Plaza and Accord Park to accommodate new growth and the private investment needed to support that growth. Now, MAPC and the Town of Norwell are collaborating again to write new zoning guidelines to implement the recommendations in the Economic Development Plan. During the fall and winter of 2019, we will work with the community to develop zoning changes that will guide and regulate new development at Queen Anne's Plaza and in Accord Park.
As part of this process, MAPC will evaluate the net impact of zoning changes on the town's finances, environment, and traffic and wastewater infrastructure. If any adverse impacts are identified, MAPC will provide mitigation recommendations to help address them.
(Don't know much about zoning? That's okay—see our list of FAQs below!)
Community input will be central as we develop the new zoning guidelines. MAPC will host three community workshops to center public input and feedback in the creation of the new zoning. Individuals not able to attend these public meetings will be able to participate through online materials made available on this website.
Throughout the spring, citizens will have the chance to submit further feedback on the zoning proposal through planning board meetings. The proposal will appear on the warrant for the May 2020 Town Meeting and will require a two-thirds majority vote to pass.
At the community forum on Tuesday, Sept. 24, we asked attendees to give us feedback on what the zoning change should do. Answer the same questions in the survey embedded below. If the embed isn't working, click here to go directly to the survey.
Documents & Resources
Community Workshop: November 19, 2019
- Norwell Mariner article: "Norwell Pitches Zoning Changes for Queen Anne's Corner and Accord Park"
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Project Timeline
- Accord Inner Loop Industrial Retention Sub District and Cordwainer Drive: Incentivize private development while supporting existing businesses
- Pond Street Amenity Sub District: Amenities to support local businesses, workers, and residents
- Queen Anne's Plaza 40R Sub District: Mixed use commercial and residential development to meet community needs
Community Workshop: Tuesday, September 24
Watch a video of the workshop below! (Click here to go to link)