Charter Commission


The Norton Charter Commission was formed on April 24, 2019 at Town election by a nearly 4:1 margin amongst 1,840 voters.

The Charter Commission operates pursuant to MGL Chapter 43B. It will spend 18 months gathering information, conducting surveys, meeting with the public, researching and analyzing different charters and forms of government from towns around the Commonwealth and, if deemed appropriate by the Commissioners, on April 27, 2021, propose to the voters of the Town changes to Norton’s current charter. 

The Charter establishes and defines the structure of the government of our Town. By the process allowed under Section 20 of MGL Chapter 43B, the commission may:

  • create, divide or consolidate departments,
  • distribute powers, duties and responsibilities among local offices, and
  • establish and define procedures to be followed.

Please refer to the links in the top left section of this page to see an overview of the major milestones of the Commission.

The Commission is required to hold periodic public hearings at various points in the process. Notifications of required public hearings will be posted on the Town’s website, in The Sun Chronicle, on the Community Pages of Norton Media Center and on Norton Alerts.

All Charter Commission meetings will be taped and posted on the Norton Media Center for viewing at any time. All meeting minutes will be posted on this page for review.

Public Input

All residents, officials (whether appointed or elected) and town employees are welcome and encouraged to provide input throughout our review process. All Charter Commission meetings are open to the public and time will be allocated in every meeting for public comment. Please refer to our agendas posted on this page for specific topics to be discussed in any particular meeting.

Update: As of August 2019, we are in the process of meeting with all town department heads and will be moving on to town boards, commissions and committees in the Fall.

We are also seeking feedback from Norton residents and have created a brief, online survey which can be accessed here:

You may also contact the Charter Commission at

Commission Members



Vice Chairman