The Community Development
Department is located in the
City Administration Building at:
4060 Columbia Woods Drive
Norton, Ohio 44203
Business hours are:
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
330-825-7815 ext. #312
Community Development Director:
The Department of
Planning and Community Development looks to the future by providing a
solid framework for development, allowing the City of Norton to grow in an
orderly, well thought-out fashion, while promoting economic and community
progress and protecting environmental quality. Using the tools of
expert planning, zoning, land division and other regulatory ordinances
serves to ensure compatible uses, maximizing existing infrastructure,
protecting natural resources and promoting growth necessary to ensure a
viable, livable community now and into the future. Regulations work
together and are necessary to protect all local citizens and to
create a City of common interests while still accommodating diverse
City of Norton Comprehensive Plan
(LARGE .pdf file - long download)
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The following link has good information
(based on the 2010 Census)
Population - 12,085
Land Area - 20.43 square miles
Median household income - $47,085
Median Per Capita Income - $20,661
Families below poverty level - 4.3%
Median home value - $112,700
Under 18 years old - 25%
65 years and older - 15%
High school graduate or higher - 85.5%
Some college experience - 23.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher - 17.1%
City of Norton Zoning Code Update
City of Norton Subdivision Regulations Update
City of Norton Storm Water Management Program - Phase II
Converting Existing Zoning Map into Norton's Geographic Information
System (technical assistance provided by Summit County Department of
Community and Economic Development)
Business Retention Program
Wolf Creek/Pigeon Creek Trail and Greenway System
Storm Water Management
The management of storm water requires a systems-based approach toward
its municipal watershed and storm water policies and programs. The
policies, therefore, rightly find their basis in the vision that the
community has of itself and in its concepts of quality of life. The City
must, then, integrate the environmental concerns and needs with economic
1. The City of Norton will be a community that promotes the
coexistence of the natural environment and quality, planned development.
Norton recognizes that an urban environment is enhanced by the presence
of a healthy natural setting. A natural landscape enhances air and water
quality, wildlife habitat, aquatic systems, and opportunities for
recreation and solitude. Norton also recognizes that with careful
planning, a balance can be achieved to promote economic opportunities
and amenities for a quality lifestyle, while minimizing adverse impacts
on vital natural assets.
2. Norton recognizes that streams and stream ecosystems are valuable
assets to the community. Healthy and degraded stream segments should be
identified, protected, conserved, and where possible, restored.
The health of stream systems is critical to the sustained coexistence of
the developed community with the natural environment. Norton will
identify and designate natural streams that should be protected from the
destructive effects of urbanization and development such as erosion,
sedimentation, down cutting the channel, damage of the riparian
corridors and soil and water pollution. Existing degraded streams
segments will be identified, the causes of that degradation halted, and
the segments restored, if feasible. The existence of unhealthy stream
segments contributes to the overall decline of the stream system. The
City should carefully evaluate the impacts of development on stream
systems through its planning, zoning, and development approval process.
Criteria will be established to identify and create an inventory of
natural streams that deserve protection. The City will then develop
plans to conserve the identified natural streams. The inventory will
also identify degraded reaches. Their restoration potential will then be
ranked and prioritized.
Criteria used to prioritize stream conservation or restoration efforts
may include many factors, such as:
- The ecological and hydraulic connectivity and function of the stream
within the overall watershed or drainage system.
- The physical and biological health of the stream and its supporting
- The potential to control natural flow regimes within the stream after
the surrounding area is developed.
- Aesthetic and recreational value of the stream
- Hydraulic capacity of the natural stream
- Impact of stream management on surrounding property values
- Existence of wetlands
- Development potential of area immediately surrounding the stream
- Unique environmental or aesthetic characteristics of the stream
3. Norton will support, implement and fund effective, long-term water
quality management practices and flood protection. These storm water
practices will be consistently and uniformly supported and implemented
throughout the municipal government.
Being proactive is fundamental to the successful implementation of the
City's policies. The practices are intended to protect existing
resources, prevent future problems and to restore degraded systems where
possible. Applying the storm water practices called for by these
policies will involve time, labor, and financial support. A successful
program will require a designated staff, support from City
decision-makers, and a dedicated, reliable and on-going funding source.
Coordination of and cooperation among all municipal services is required
to successfully manage storm water. Coordination during plan review will
assure that storm water and stream systems are properly managed and that
storm water facilities are accessible for emergency equipment,
protective of the public, and compatible with other planned uses such as
recreation. Site inspection is critical to verify that construction is
consistent with the approved plans and to confirm that proper
maintenance is performed so the system will function as originally
planned and designed.
4. Norton recognizes that effective storm water management is best
achieved through inter-local cooperation in the development of watershed
The City of Norton is situated in the Upper Tuscarawas River Watershed.
Portions of several other subwatersheds fall within the Norton City
limits. The health of these other streams are dependent on not only the
actions of Norton but also the actions of its neighbors. Therefore,
cooperative programs among communities will result in more protection
for the watershed than can be accomplished by any individual community.
The City will endeavor to identify and take advantage of all available
opportunities to cooperate with other communities to effectively manage
storm water and protect the shared watersheds.
5. Norton will identify limits of its municipal responsibility in
storm water management and demonstrate good management practices in all
Storm water has an effect on individuals within the community from the
time precipitation falls on a roof and flows to the roof drain, to the
point where floodwaters recede from the floodplain after a storm event.
The City should define those instances where storm water issues are the
responsibility of the private owner and where they are a public concern.
Further, the City should assume the role of the leader in the
stewardship of water quality and storm water management practices and
demonstrate best management practices to foster similar actions within
6. Norton recognizes the inherent dangers and other consequences of
storm events and will manage risk to public safety and property.
The dangers of floodwaters and fast moving streams are well documented.
Large storm events can result in significant loss of public and private
property and human life. Appropriate measures should be taken to manage
the risk of such loss. These measures may include public education of
the dangers of high and fast flowing waters and emergency management and
contingency programs. Every citizen must be educated that the City's
best efforts cannot protect against adverse consequences resulting from
extreme storm events and that personal responsibility is also required.
Public education efforts should focus on creating realistic expectations
of what can and what cannot be achieved by storm water management during
extreme storm events. An individual's best protection will always be a
healthy respect for the power of storms and floods.
7. Norton will encourage its citizens and business community to be
involved in the protection of water quality and natural stream systems.
These policies and programs are dependent on support and participation
of the community-at-large. Water quality protection starts, quite
literally, in everyone's back yard. An individual's actions can have
either a beneficial or an adverse affect on storm water flowing to the
municipal drainage system and our nation's waterways. Further, municipal
programs and projects must represent the desires of the community for
sustained success. For optimum success in the protection of water
quality and natural stream systems, a structured program of involvement
and education in all segments of the community is necessary.
8. The City recognizes that storm water management practices in
developed areas may vary from those in undeveloped areas. In developed
areas, storm water practices should endeavor to protect existing public
and private investments, with consideration given to enhancement of
water quality, conservation of the natural environment and reduction of
drainage system deficiencies.
In developed areas, storm water management must fit within the framework
of the developed environment. Many of the management tools used in the
developing area may not be feasible in a fully developed area. Further,
past management practices may have eliminated the natural stream system.
Therefore, the focus of storm water management changes in developed
areas. Problem areas where flooding results in significant property
damage, or where existing infrastructure is threatened or failing, drive
the need for improvements. In addition, improvements will be considered
to enhance water quality, protect natural streams further downstream
and, where feasible, restore degraded stream segments and re-establish
natural biological systems.