In Massachusetts, cities and towns are required periodically to develop a master plan that defines municipal goals and policies relating to:

  • land use,
  • housing,
  • economic development,
  • natural and cultural resources,
  • open space and recreation,
  • services and facilities,
  • transportation, and
  • master plan implementation.

According to State statute, each master plan should be “designed to provide a basis for decision-making regarding the long-term physical development of the municipality.”

Dedham developed master plans in 1996 and 2009. The Master Plan Implementation Committee updated the 2009 plan in 2016-2017. For more information, please see the documents on this webpage. (The Word file includes hyperlinks to online resources.)

If you have additional questions or would like to learn more, please contact the Planning & Zoning Department.