Welcome!

The Town of Canton is updating its Master Plan and wants to hear from those that live and work in Canton, own businesses and property here, and visit our community on a regular basis. 

The Canton Master Plan is important because it is used by local officials to guide their decisions, which impact our quality of life. Through the Master Plan, we clearly state what we love about Canton, what needs more support to strengthen its vitality and longevity, and what should be transformed to meet our needs as a community. 

Through our outreach to date, we learned about the important issues to Canton residents and businesses and how they see the Town 10 to 20 years from now. But how do we get there?

With this survey, we are looking for feedback on how to move forward. Please let us know if you agree, disagree, or are unsure about these proposed steps. It will take 20 minutes to complete. We appreciate any comments you have as well.

Thank you!
Town Center/Downtown

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* 1. How can we improve Downtown/Town Center?

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Revisit zoning to clarify the review process for development and redevelopment.
Revisit and strengthen existing design standards in the Downtown for building façades and signage.
Continue to invest municipal funds in streetscape improvements and beautification.
Implement new regulations for on-street parking time limits and enforcement.
Create more flexible parking requirements for developers that ask for no parking or encourage shared parking (between businesses and between businesses and the Town) to meet parking needs.
Partner with Downtown businesses to find ways to improve parking, enhance beautification, and attract new, desirable businesses into the Downtown.
Establish strong connections between the Paul Revere Heritage Site and Downtown for cars, bicycles, and pedestrians.

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* 2. I would go Downtown more if...

Route 138

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* 3. How can we improve Route 138?

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Explore opportunities to connect business centers on Route 138 to Canton commuter rail stations through shared, privately run transportation services and shuttles.
Maintain and strengthen the current collection of commercial and industrial uses along Route 138.
Allow land uses along Route 138 to include more of a mix of light industrial, commercial, and residential uses.
Allow land uses along Route 138 to change to include more residential and indoor/outdoor recreation uses.
Negotiate with developers to make improvements that will enhance safety for walkers and bicyclists.
Continue to push MassDOT for changes in the roadway that create safer conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists. This could include the Town paying to develop design concepts.
Create development regulations that promote connectivity of business sites with the surrounding transportation network, such as new pedestrian and/or bicycle connections.

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* 4. Choose the images of uses or activities you would like to see along Route 138 in the future (Set 1).

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* 5. Choose the images of uses or activities you would like to see along Route 138 in the future (Set 2).

Housing

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* 6. How can we improve housing choices and neighborhoods?

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Identify ways to increase housing around Canton Junction station (Transit Oriented Development) to meet the demand for smaller housing units.
Provide financial and technical resources that will help with first-time home purchases, upgrades to existing homes (e.g., lead abatement, energy efficiency, etc.), and other supportive efforts.
Use zoning regulations to help foster housing diversity in appropriate areas of Town. Tools to be examined include accessory dwelling units, inclusionary zoning, home conversion, and others.
Continue to pursue development opportunities for subsidized housing at appropriate scales.
Questions 7-13 ask your opinion on appropriate housing types for different areas of town.

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* 7. Which housing types are appropriate for the Town Center/Downtown?

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* 8. Which housing types are appropriate for Route 138 "North" (Randolph St to Milton)?

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* 9. Which housing types are appropriate for Route 138 "South" (Randolph St to Stoughton)?

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* 10. Which housing types are appropriate for the Canton Junction area (within a 1/2 mile radius)?

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* 11. Which housing types are appropriate for the Indian Lane/York Street area?

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* 12. Which housing types are appropriate for the Green Street/Hemenway Drive area?

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* 13. Which housing types are appropriate for the Elm Street/Greenlodge Street area?

Economic Growth

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* 14. How can we improve economic growth and create opportunities?

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Allow a mix of uses in the town’s business parks, including restaurants, retail, services, entertainment, recreation, etc. to increase market competitiveness.
Allow for and encourage the use of underutilized commercial space for small-scale light manufacturing and assembly space.
Offer economic incentives to encourage commercial growth and development in Canton.
Attract more retail shops and restaurants to existing commercial areas.
Support small and/or local businesses through regular outreach to understand needs and communicate available resources.
Expand business recruitment efforts and market Canton as “open for business.”
Connect businesses to nearby housing with better walking and biking amenities.

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* 15. What types of retail businesses, services, and entertainment are needed in Canton? Check all that apply.

Connectivity

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* 16. How can we improve connectivity?

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Focus on engineering solutions like developing a state-of-the-art coordinated signal system along the Washington Street corridor.
Implement priority projects from the Complete Streets Prioritization plan to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists town-wide and support the creation of a connected network.
Increase participation in the Safe Routes to Schools Program to promote safety, a walking culture, and pedestrian linkages through residential neighborhoods and schools and open space.
Integrate new development with existing transportation networks – for example, connections from Paul Revere Heritage Site to Downtown and Canton Junction Station.
Support expansion of existing public transportation options to connect employment areas and employees using the commuter rail, including the MBTA Bus Route 716, private shuttle services, and/or expanding the use of local shuttles.
Establish a daily local shuttle route to provide more mobility between local destinations in town.
Questions 17-20 ask your opinion about different ways to connect through Canton.

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* 17. How can we improve connectivity within neighborhoods?

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* 18. How can we improve connectivity town-wide and for regional trips?

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* 19. How can we reduce vehicles on the road?

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* 20. How emerging types of emerging technology should we be thinking about for Canton?

Resource Protection

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* 21. How do we protect important resources?

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Encourage more energy efficient private development through incentives.
Increase the use of green infrastructure in public and private projects.
Explore ways to financially support the Town’s efforts to meet the requirements of its federal stormwater management permit and implement stormwater best management practices.
Use diverse historic preservation strategies, such as establishing local districts and listing properties on the State or National Registers of Historic Places, to protect vulnerable historic resources.
Contribute to regional initiatives on water quality and groundwater protection (for example, Neponset Valley Watershed Association, MWRA, MassDEP).
Use diverse approaches to protect natural areas from development, including low impact design standards, incorporate projected open space into subdivisions (“Flexible Development”), property acquisition, conservation restrictions, and other approaches.
Identify critical infrastructure, properties, and local populations that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

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* 22. What are important natural or historic resources that are vulnerable in Canton because they have little to no protection? 

Town Services & Facilities

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* 23. How do we improve town services and facilities?

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Explore new services or expand existing that improve recycling rates and reduce the costs of waste being landfilled. Examples might be pay-as-you-throw trash program, community composting program, plastic bag ban, or setting up a “swap shed” where residents can exchange unwanted, still-usable items.
Support residents and businesses who want to organize their own projects that have environmental and community benefits.
Evaluate the use of an enterprise fund or stormwater utility to help finance the Town’s stormwater management obligations under the state permit.
Invest in energy-efficient equipment and facilities for Town operations, including schools, that reduce energy consumption and costs.
Increase the use of solar and other alternative energy sources at town facilities.
Provide opportunities for residents and businesses to use solar and other alternative energy sources in their homes and for everyday activities, such as vehicle charging stations or incentives for solar panel installation.
Investigate ways to help residents further save on energy costs, including municipal aggregation or a community solar program.
Develop new communication strategies that will increase public knowledge about local conservation lands, parks, and recreational opportunities.
Increase locations of and/or connections to recreational opportunities in areas of town where residents cannot walk or bike to these resources.
Identify and prioritize vulnerable populations to address public health concerns, including exposure to environmental hazards and areas where the Town is lacking in health and social wellbeing resources and opportunities for these residents.
Audit town operations to identify areas where efficiencies could improve delivery of services and the needed resources (staff and technical and financial resources) to support these improvements.
Develop educational outreach programs and incentives that encourage efficient water use by residents and business owners.

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* 24. Imagine that the Town has a budget surplus. After meeting all of its core financial obligations (schools, operation and maintenance of town facilities, fire/police, etc.), the Town has money available to address special projects and issues.

How would you prioritize spending? Pick your top 3 projects.

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* 25. Please let us know additional comments and feedback.

Tell us about you.

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* 26. I own a business in Canton.

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* 27. How long have you lived in Canton?

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* 28. What is your age?

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* 29. What is your race/ethnicity?

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