Dedham’s Town Meeting imposed a seven-month moratorium on new mixed-use development in town and voted to hire a consultant to look at the impact that existing projects have had on the community.

The Planning Board asked for the moratorium because of the large number of combined residential and commercial developments that have been built since the mixed-use zoning took effect in 2004 — and the “continuing high demand” for more from developers.

The May 20 Town Meeting agreed with the board that the town needed to step back and assess the projects’ benefits and drawbacks, and see how well they fit with Dedham’s economic and housing goals.


Town Planner Jeremy Rosenberger said the moratorium immediately affected one pending project on Washington Street in Dedham Square.

“They’ve withdrawn their application and will wait it out,” he said.

The moratorium lasts through November 2019, or whenever new zoning rules are approved before then, Rosenberger said.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.