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This page is a collection of resources and information from the Town of Penfield regarding the sale and development of Shadow Lake and Shadow Pines golf courses within the town.

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Important Dates

June 22, 2016 - Public information meeting on The Shadows moratorium
March 2, 2016 - Proposed Moratorium Public Hearing, Penfield Town Hall
March 4, 2016 - Deadline to ask to serve on an advisory committee
March 9, 2016 - Deadline to state your position online
March 23, 2016 - Town Board is expected to vote on the moratorium
April 6, 2016 - Town Board vote to form 
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October 31, 2016
October 25, 2016 - Dear Moratorium Committee members:

I am writing to give you an update on activity regarding the committee’s recommendations for future land use for the Shadow Pines property. 

Since the submission of your report to the town board we have been actively reviewing and following through on next steps related to your recommendations. Although no actions have been taken in any final direction, we have undertaken a property appraisal and continue to discuss all potential land uses. It is also important for us to have on-going communications with the Dolomite Corporation. 

The site has sparked the imagination of a number of entities. On the table are open space, senior living, recreation, and continued use of the Clark House as a food-based enterprise. I anticipate that some combination of these ideas will lead us to a sound future for this property.  

I will comment in order of committee’s recommendations:

Option 1: The Committee recommends that the Town of Penfield purchase the Shadow Pines property to preserve open space and recreational opportunities for the community.

Regarding your recommendation to purchase the land, the town board has received and is reviewing a formal appraisal of the property. Along with the appraisal, the town board needs to make a preliminary assessment of the environmental condition of the property. This is a standard and necessary “Phase I” procedure for any project involving land use. This option also requires a series of steps which are being reviewed by our legal team that could ultimately lead to a public referendum. I will provide an update on these items as the town board and legal completes their review.

Option 2 (alternative): The Town purchases the four Shadow Pines parcels to develop an independent senior living environment featuring significant expanses of green spaces.

If we are not able to achieve Option 1 (for a number of possible reasons), this Option 2 makes sense as an alternative for all the reasons set forth by the committee. Interest in Option 2 has been expressed from senior living professionals and many residents who are closely watching the progress of the moratorium.  

Option 3 (alternative): Allow cluster development pursuant to Town Law Section 278 

My vision for the site takes this option is off the table. From your work and comments from residents, this solution is not right for the immediate neighborhood or town at large. 

As I noted in my last communication, because of this process and related learnings, I have asked the town board and staff to begin the town’s next Comprehensive Plan Update in 2017 instead of 2019 as was originally intended. The matter of future land use and zoning of Shadow Lake and other golf/recreational sites in the town need to be addressed for the long-term benefit of the Penfield community. 

The town board and I are sensitive to the moratorium timeline and will continue our ongoing work towards an outcome that offers the best solution for the Penfield community. 

On behalf of the Penfield Town Board and the residents of Penfield, I thank you again for your service. 

R. Anthony LaFountain

Penfield Town Supervisor


April 15, 2016
Message from Supervisor LaFountain 4/15/16: ‘Shadows’ Advisory Cmte. meeting May 3

Because of ongoing community interest in the future of the Shadow Lake/Shadow Pines properties I would like to share the following information:

The kick-off meeting of the Shadow Lake/Shadow Pines Community Advisory Committee is Tuesday, May 3, at 6:00 PM in the Penfield Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. The agenda will include the charge to the committee, facilitator and member introductions, Town staff presentations, work-plan and mileposts, deliverables, and issues and concerns. Committee meetings will be videotaped by PCTV and archived for future reference and use.

Please note: Participants at committee meetings will be committee members and presenters only. The public is welcome to attend and observe, but may not actively participate. As part of its work, the committee will host future public participation meetings that are yet to be scheduled. 

To follow future Shadow Lake/Shadow Pines Community Advisory Committee meetings and other updates please follow The Shadows Moratorium Committee webpage at www.penfield.org


March 4, 2016
A message from Supervisor LaFountain regarding the status of the proposed moratorium on development of ‘The Shadows’ golf courses

I would like to thank all who participated in our March 2 public hearing on the proposed Local law No. 1 of 2016 to put into effect a twelve-month moratorium on development of the Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake golf course properties. Hundreds of residents have already expressed their opinions (in person and online) for or against the moratorium.

As a reminder, today (March 4) at 5:00 p.m. is the deadline to ask to serve on an advisory committee that is being formed to study potential uses and impacts of the ‘The Shadows’ properties. The committee will report its findings and recommendations to the Penfield Town Board. Those who wish to serve on the committee should send a letter expressing their desire and relevant skills/qualifications to me at supervisor@penfield.org. The time commitment to serve on this committee will require a few hours each week for the full duration of the twelve-month moratorium.

To date, more than 90 people have asked to be considered for the advisory committee. The Town Board plans to seat a cross-section of 20 neighbors and stakeholders. In addition, representatives from the New York State and Monroe County departments of transportation, other subject matter experts, and relevant town staff will serve as resources and advisors. 

Those who wish to weigh in for or against the moratorium may do so through 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 9. Please state your position using this online form or by letter to Town of Penfield Supervisor, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, New York, 14526. 

The Town Board is expected to vote on the moratorium at its March 23 meeting.


February 24, 2016
A message from Supervisor LaFountain regarding the March 2 public hearing on a development moratorium of ‘The Shadows’ golf courses

Because of intense community interest in the Oldcastle/Dolomite Group offering of Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake golf courses for sale earlier this year, I would like to share the following information:
On Wednesday, March 2 the Penfield Town Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed Local law No. 1 of 2016 which would put into effect a six to twelve month moratorium on development of the Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake golf course properties. The public hearing will be held in the Penfield Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, at 7:00 p.m.

This public hearing is a formal step in the process to enact the moratorium proposed by the Penfield Town Board its February 3 meeting. As originators of the proposed moratorium, I expect the Town Board to vote unanimously in favor of the moratorium later in March.

The sole purpose of the March 2 public hearing is to give residents an opportunity to address the Town Board stating their support or opposition to the moratorium. We expect a full house, therefore we will ask speakers to briefly state their position—‘yes’ or ‘no’—so all who wish to address the Town Board may be heard in a timely manner. Overflow seating will be provided in the rotunda.

Those who do not wish to attend the public hearing may state their position in writing using this online form, or by letter to Town of Penfield Supervisor, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, New York, 14526.

We will accept public feedback for or against the moratorium through 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The Town Board is expected to vote on the moratorium at its March 23 meeting.

NOTE: All who wish to share their opinions and ideas regarding future land uses of ‘The Shadows’ properties will have opportunities to direct their comments to a committee that is being assembled to review land use and impacts during the moratorium period. The committee will solicit public input at future meetings and in writing. Follow www.penfield.org for details.

REMINDER: Penfield Town Board meetings are held at 7:00 pm in the Penfield Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. They are broadcast LIVE on Penfield Television Government Access Cable CH 12 and 1304 / Digital CH 5.12 and 98.4, and streamed at www.penfield.org. There is a public comment period to address the Penfield Town Board on any topic at the open and close of each legislative meeting.


February 3, 2016
A Message from Supervisor LaFountain regarding tonight’s Town Board meeting (Feb 3)

An item of much interest on tonight’s Town Board agenda is a resolution to set the date of March 2, 2016 for a public hearing to consider a proposed moratorium on development of the Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake golf courses. I expect this resolution to be adopted unanimously.

Other than the resolution tonight to set the public hearing, there will be no further actions or votes on the proposed moratorium itself.

Those interested in speaking for or against the proposed moratorium will have an opportunity to do so at the public hearing on March 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

REMINDER: Town Board meetings are held at 7:00 pm in the Penfield Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. They are broadcast LIVE on Penfield Television Government Access Cable CH 12 and 1304 / Digital CH 5.12 and 98.4, and streamed at www.penfield.org. There is a public comment period to address the Town Board on any topic at the open and close of each legislative meeting.


January 20, 2016
A Message from Supervisor LaFountain: Penfield Proposes Moratorium on Development of Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake Properties

The recently announced sale of Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake golf courses has raised many questions and concerns from all members of the Penfield Town Board and the community. 

Last Wednesday (January 13) the Dolomite Group listed Shadow Pines, Shadow Lake, and Greystone golf courses for sale. Shadow Pines has been closed as a business and is being marketed as a 200-plus acre residential development property. Shadow Lake and Greystone are being marketed as operating golf courses. 

Shadow Lake and Shadow Pines have been operating as active golf courses in Penfield in the range of 30 to 40 years; all indications have been the properties would continue to be used as recreational open space. 

However, the underlying zoning for the Shadow Pines property is R-1-20 (and has been zoned as such since 1929), meaning one-half acre lots. 

The Penfield Town Board has serious concerns about a large-scale residential development and the impacts it could have on this area of town and throughout Penfield. Specific and immediate concerns include demands on traffic, roadways, drainage, utilities, infrastructure, the school district, and public safety.

To address these concerns on behalf of our residents, the Penfield Town Board proposes to introduce a local law to place a moratorium on all development of the Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake properties for a minimum of six to twelve months.

If the moratorium is approved, the Town Board would then look to establish a committee of interested residents and involved agencies and charge them to study any potential uses and impacts of these properties.

At the end of the study period, the committee would report all findings and recommendations to the Town Board for action.

I will continue to share updates with residents as we become aware of—and verify—information by using www.penfield.org and other methods of communicating with residents.




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