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.