Zoning Implementation Process
Norwell Hosts: Community Workshop
Tuesday, September 24
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cushing Memorial Hall
673 Main St, Norwell, MA 02061
Learn about how zoning changes could effect the development of Queen Anne's Plaza and Accord Park. Give feedback on what the vision, priorities, and goals of the project should be.
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.