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Norfolk Master Plan - Citizen Survey
June 24, 2006

Active Recreation: In the context of the Master Plan, activities that require ball fields, tracks, pools, swimming ponds, etc.

Affordable Housing: Housing that can be funded by a household income equal to about 70%80% of the median Boston metropolitan household income and assumes that with 30% of that annual income isused for housing. For a household of four (4) this annual income is about $66,150 and for a household of six (6) this is annual income is about $76,750.

Business District: n the context of the Master Plan, Business District is primarily for the location development focused on retail and/or commercial office uses.

Circulation: In the context of the Master Plan, circulation is related to vehicular and pedestrian travel surfaces, intersections, traffic control, roadway signs, road names, roadway surfaces, sidewalks, etc.

Citizen Forum: In the context of the Master Plan, the citizen forum is a public meeting of citizens, Town Boards and Commissions and chaired by the Master Plan sub-committee of the Planning Board to discuss the master plan goals and objectives. The intent of the citizen forums is to have Town residents indicate preferences for future growth programs as a basis for the preparation and adoption of an updated Master Plan.

Commercial Development: In the context of the Master Plan, Commercial Development is related to the pursuit of non-residential development programs such as retail, office, manufacturing, warehouse-industrial, etc.

Commercial District: In the context of the Master Plan, Commercial District is related primarily to the location of larger scale non-residential development programs for manufacturing, warehouse-industrial, office and retail uses.

Commercial Mixed Use: A multi-level building (s), generally multi-level, in which two or more uses are combined into a single building. Typical commercial multi use configurations would include office uses above retail uses such as exist at Wayside Building and Country Crossing/Sovereign Bank in Town Center and at the corner of Dedham Street (Route 1A) and Pond Street (Route 115) at the Tedeschi complex with at grade retail and offices above.

Community Preservation Fund: Norfolk passed the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in 2001, in the year it was enacted. This act applies a 3% surcharge on local taxes, which is matched dollar for dollar by the state. As of December 2005, the Community Preservation Fund in Norfolk was $2.36 million after expenditures of $369,000 for historic, housing and recreational purposes.

Community Preservation Committee: Norfolk created a Community Preservation Committee to review funding applications and work with various groups in Town to identify opportunities to expend the CPA funds that are consistent with the mission of the CPA. This committee has nine (9) members. Four (4) are at large members and Town Boards and Commissions appoint five (5) members.  

Economic Development: In the context of the Master Plan, Economic Development is related to the pursuit of non-residential development programs.

High Density Commercial Development: In the context of the Master Plan, high-density commercial development is a multi-level building (s) that create (s) a facility (s) of maximum density permitted by zoning. An example would be a structure the size of Town Hall, which is a three-story structure, thatstructure that could provide commercial offices or a mix of office-retail uses.  

High Density Residential Development: In the context of the Master Plan, high-density residential development is a multi-level building (s) that create (s) a facility (s) of maximum density permitted by zoning. An example would be the residential development under construction in Town Center, which are three-story structures for multi-family housing.

Infrastructure: Utilities (water supply, drainage systems, sanitary systems, gas lines, electrical distribution lines, communications lines, etc.), easements, roadways, sidewalks, and traffic controls necessary to support development.

Master Plan: A master plan establishes goals and objectives for future implementation by the Town. The Norfolk Master Plan has the following eight goal categories: Economic Development, Commercial development, Housing, Natural Resources, Open Space, Recreation, Facilities-Services and Circulation.
 
Multi-family Housing: Housing of one or more stories arranged in an attached configuration such that two or more units comprise a single building.    
 
Natural Resources: In the context of the Master Plan, Natural Resources are related to water supply resources (supply, flood protection and drainage,) habitats, etc..

Passive Recreation: In the context of the Master Plan, activities that can be done by an individuals without a formal facility, like hiking trails, etc.

Residential Mixed Use: A multi-level building(s),  generally multi-level, in which two or more uses are combined into a single building. Typical residential multi use configurations would include residential above retail or commercial office uses.




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