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(updated: 2018-02-28, 9:57 AM)

Golf-The-Shadows.jpgThis 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.


Unofficial February 27, Special Election Results 

  • Proposition No. 1: Yes: 5671, No: 1308
  • Proposition No. 2: Yes: 5641, No: 1300

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM  

Supervisor Tony LaFountain will hold a Public Information Meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, for residents who are seeking impartial information to help them make an informed decision when voting February 27 on two bond propositions to finance the Town’s acquisition of the former Shadow Pines Golf Club property. A presentation will include an overview of the history from when Shadow Pines ceased golf operations in December 2015 up to February 2018. Specific questions may be submitted ahead of the meeting by going to will also be taken at the meeting following the presentation.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018 12:00 - 6:00 PM

The Board of Registration shall meet at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, New York on February 14, 2018 between the hours of 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM, prevailing time, for the purpose of registering persons to vote in the Special Election to be held on February 27, 2018 relating to the former Shadow Pines Golf Course property who are not currently registered to vote and to prepare a register of voters.


History… Moratorium Committee Input... Town Board Actions

Land for sale

On December 1, 2015 Dolomite/Oldcastle announced they were ceasing golf operations at Shadow Pines and listing both Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake golf courses for sale. Dolomite/Oldcastle is an international company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, and oversees mining and excavating operations at the quarry situated between the two golf courses.

Following that announcement, there was much speculation and resident concern regarding the future of the golf courses and potential impacts to the Penfield community.

Both golf course properties are zoned R-1-20, meaning residential half-acre lots. Although the land was never used for residential development, this zoning has been in place since 1929. The golf course properties acted as a buffer between the active quarry and residential neighborhoods.

Shadow Lake golf course was sold May 26, 2016 and continues to operate as a golf course. However, Shadow Pines did not attract a golf course operator to buy the property and Dolomite/Oldcastle marketed the property for residential development.

Since the property was listed for sale, the potential for a large-scale residential development at Shadow Pines has caused town residents to express their concerns to the Penfield Town Board.

Resident concerns included the impact a large-scale residential development would have on:

Existing town infrastructure

  • Town, County and State roads 
  • Traffic impacts
  • Drainage and environmentally-sensitive areas
  • Sewer systems

Local schools

Character of the neighborhood/area

Moratorium on development

In response to resident concerns, on March 23, 2016 the Town Board established a moratorium on development of the golf courses for one year (Resolution 16T-085) as “the Board wants to make certain that any potential development of these properties is compatible with the needs of its town residents. The Board further believes that there is a need for a study of these properties to address issues that may be associated with potential high density residential development relating to existing local circumstances, potential impacts to roadways, sanitary and storm sewer capacity, drainage, environmental protection overlay districts (EPOD’s), proximity to an active quarry, public safety, the school district, and historic preservation.”  

The moratorium was extended for a second year until March 31, 2018.

A committee of town residents

To further study the matter, on April 6, 2016 the Town Board established the Shadow Pines/Shadow Lake Properties Land Use Committee (known also as the Moratorium Advisory Committee) to recommend possible uses for the property (Resolution 16T-094). The citizen Committee, made up of a cross-section of 22 town residents and representatives from the local schools, historic preservation board, and conversation board, met throughout the summer months and presented recommendations to the Town Board on September 2, 2016. The preferred recommendation of the majority of the Committee was that the Town should purchase the Shadow Pines property to preserve open space and recreational opportunities for the community.

The Committee stated in its report:

“The Committee recommends this preferred option after nine committee meetings, many hours of information review and discussion, and careful consideration because open space/recreational use: 

  1. Maintains the existing use of the land and the character of the surrounding community
  2. Is in concert with existing plans
  3. Is in concert with clearly expressed community expectations
  4. Minimizes the impact on Penfield School District
  5. Does not exacerbate existing traffic issues on surrounding roads”

Purchase and Sales Agreement, and Public Referendum

Acting on the Committee’s preferred recommendation, on November 3, 2016, town representatives began discussions with Dolomite/Oldcastle to explore the Town’s purchase of Shadow Pines. On March 30, 2017, the Town received an initial draft “Letter of Intent” for the sale of Shadow Pines Golf Course from Dolomite/Oldcastle expressing its interest in selling Shadow Pines to the Town for the appraised value.  This began formal negotiations between the Town and Dolomite/Oldcastle.

Negotiations continued back and forth throughout 2017 as various terms were discussed, most notably the Town Board’s intent that a public bond vote referendum be held so residents would have the opportunity to vote for or against the financing for the purchase of the former Shadow Pines golf course.  

On September 20, 2017 Dolomite submitted a revised “Letter of Intent” for Purchase and Sale of Real Property Shadow Pines Golf Course to the Town, this time allowing the Town a purchase contingency to obtain financing provided the Town close by January 31, 2018—but with no possibility of extensions. 

The terms of the closing date presented a problem for the Town because the January 31, 2018 deadline did not allow enough time to hold a Public Referendum, as desired by the Town Board, and still close on the purchase of the property.    

At this point, citing the significant potential importance of this property for community use, the Town Board chose to move forward with bond resolutions to undertake the acquisition of the Shadow Pines properties (Resolutions 17T-211 and 17T-212, on November 20, 2017) subject to a Permissive Referendum.

As provided by the terms of a Permissive Referendum, a citizen petition was received on December 20, 2017 with the required number of signatures calling for a Public Referendum (provided a Purchase and Sales Agreement was reached with an extended closing date past January 31, 2018 to allow for the vote on bond financing).  

A bond vote date was set for February 27, 2018 (again, provided a Purchase and Sales Agreement was reached with an extended closing date past January 31, 2018 to allow for the vote on bond financing).

On January 17, 2018, Dolomite/Oldcastle and the Town of Penfield entered into a Purchase and Sales Agreement which allowed sufficient time to hold a Bond vote for the Town’s acquisition of the former Shadow Pines Golf Club ($3.65 million acquisition costs).  Also, on January 17, 2018, the Town Board passed a series of resolutions (Resolutions 18T-064 and 18T-065) to expedite the absentee ballot process to ensure that town residents who serve in the military, are permanently ill or disabled, or unable to be in town on February 27th, have the right to vote on bonds to finance the purchase of Shadow Pines.

Future use of the property

If residents approve the two propositions, the Town Board will explore potential future land use of Shadow Pines, such as a combination of open space, green space, passive and active recreation (consistent with Moratorium Advisory Committee’s preferred recommendation), and general municipal uses such as a community center, library, lodge, playgrounds, trails, or other public facilities. Further, in accordance with the Town Board’s history of commitment to resident involvement and input, a committee of town residents would be established to make recommendations to the Town Board regarding the uses of the property.


The Town of Penfield legally must remain neutral on whether to vote yes or no on the Public Referendum and therefore cannot make any recommendations regarding the vote.

Link to: February 27, 2018 Referendum FAQs

Town Updates

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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 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 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 There is a public comment period to address the Town Board on any topic at the open and close of each legislative meeting.


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