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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.

SHADOW PINES BOND VOTE - 
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2018

Unofficial February 27, Special Election Results 

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

PUBLIC INFO. MEETING REGARDING BOND VOTE - 
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 www.penfield.org/Golf_The_Shadows_Vote_FAQ_Question.php.Questions will also be taken at the meeting following the presentation.

BOARD OF REGISTRATION -
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.

INFORMATION FOR 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.

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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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January 31, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Update on Shadow Pines - Post Card

A “Shadow Pines Special Election Notification” post card will begin hitting mailboxes on Monday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 6. These post cards are being mailed to all Penfield registered voters from the list provided by the Monroe County Board of Elections.

The post card contains information about the vote on Tuesday, February 27 including vote location, who may vote, purchase information, and a summary of the two Propositions being proposed.

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I encourage all residents to go to www.penfield.org for the most timely information on the Shadow Pines property. 

I will share further updates as details become available.

R. Anthony LaFountain,
Penfield Town Supervisor


January 25, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Update on Shadow Pines

My office has received questions today regarding who is eligible to vote in the Public Referendum for Shadow Pines on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road.

In order to vote, residents must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a US citizen
  • You must have lived in Penfield at least 30 days immediately prior to February 27, 2018
  • You must be at least 18 years old as of February 27, 2018
  • You must be a registered voter

If you are not a registered voter, you have an opportunity to register on February 14, 2018 from 12 noon to 6:00 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. Official election inspectors will be on hand to register new voters. 

Further, if you cannot attend the February 14, 2018 voter registration event at the Town Hall, you may still register to vote for this Special Election with the Monroe County Board of Elections. Applications must be received (in person or by mail) by February 20, 2018 at 5:00 PM. (Reminder, the Board of Elections and US Post Office are closed Monday, February 19, 2018 in observance of Presidents’ Day.)

I encourage all residents to go to www.penfield.org for the most timely information on the Shadow Pines property. 

I will share further updates as details become available.

R. Anthony LaFountain, Penfield Town Supervisor


January 22, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Update on Shadow Pines Absentee Ballot Information

Absentee Ballot Information, the Absentee Ballot Application and the Absentee Ballot Agent Authorization form have been added to the Penfield website. Click on “The Shadows Golf Course” under quick links and then on “Referendum Voter Information”. 

I encourage all residents to go to www.penfield.org for the most accurate information, details on the Shadow Pines property, and voting details

I will share further updates as more details become available.

R. Anthony LaFountain, Penfield Town Supervisor


January 18, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Update on Shadow Pines

At last night’s Town Board meeting (January 17) the Board adopted a resolution authorizing me to execute the Real Estate Purchase Agreement that was reached between the Town of Penfield and Dolomite/Oldcastle for the acquisition of the Shadow Pines Property. 

I am delighted that we were able to come to terms for purchasing this property and want to thank Dolomite/Oldcastle for working with the town to achieve this—and more importantly—for agreeing to a schedule that gives us the time to hold a Public Referendum as requested by our residents.

With the vote scheduled on Tuesday, February 27 there is a condensed period to provide information to all eligible voters on the details of the propositions, including the information on how to obtain an absentee ballot for those who will not be able to vote in person due to illness or travel. I encourage all residents to go to www.penfield.org for the most accurate information, details on the property, and voting details. Follow ‘The Shadows’ in Quick Links. 

I will share further updates as more details become available.

R. Anthony LaFountain, Penfield Town Supervisor


January 17, 2018
Town to sign Purchase & Sales Agreement for former Shadow Pines Golf Club

Town to sign Purchase & Sales Agreement for former Shadow Pines Golf Club

~Public Referendum Tuesday, February 27~

PENFIELD, N.Y., JANUARY 17, 2018 – The Town of Penfield and Dolomite/Oldcastle have come to terms on a Purchase & Sales Agreement for the Town’s purchase of the former Shadow Pines Golf Club.  At tonight’s Town Board meeting at 7:00 PM, council members will vote on a New Business resolution authorizing Supervisor LaFountain to execute a Real Estate Purchase Agreement for the Shadow Pines property. Upon passing of the resolution, Supervisor LaFountain will execute the agreement at the meeting.  

With the Purchase Agreement in place, a Public Referendum on the Town’s financing for the purchase of the Shadow Pines property will move ahead as scheduled on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road.  

The acquisition cost is $3.65 million dollars for four parcels totaling 211.70 acres that include the golf course and the historic Clark House. 

US citizens who have lived in Penfield at least 30 days as of February 27 and are at least 18 years old are eligible to vote. Absentee voting will be available for qualified individuals who are unable to vote in person due to illness or travel. Details, including ballot information and instructions, will be available on the Town’s website once the documents are finalized consistent with New York State Law.  

Residents will be asked to vote on two propositions. Proposition No. 1 represents a Bond Resolution for financing for the purchase of 206 golf course acres for an estimated $3,390,000. Proposition No. 2 represents a Bond Resolution for financing for the purchase of six acres and the Clark House buildings for an estimated $260,000.  

The cost for the purchase to a homeowner with a property valued at $190,000 would be $11.00 per year for 30 years.  

“I am delighted that we were able to come to terms for a Purchase Agreement on this property and want to thank Dolomite/Oldcastle for working with the Town to achieve this—and more importantly—for agreeing to a schedule that gives us time to hold a Public Referendum as requested by our residents,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “I encourage all eligible residents to participate in the vote on February 27th.  We have a short window prior to the Referendum to provide information on the propositions. Residents who want to learn more should go to www.penfield.org for the most accurate information and history of the town’s involvement with this property since Shadows Pines ceased golf operations in 2015 to the present. The website will also provide voting information including ballot information and details on the absentee voting process.”  

If residents approve the propositions, the Town Board will explore the potential of the property for future land uses such as a combination of open space, passive and active recreational uses (consistent with the Golf Course Moratorium Committee’s recommendation), and general municipal uses such as a future community center, library, lodge, or other public facilities. A final plan has not been decided. A committee of residents will be established to make recommendations to the Town Board. Defining future land use will also be a key responsibility of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Committee. 

“Having a signed Purchase Agreement is a necessary step relating to the Town’s potential acquisition of this property as recommended by the Moratorium Committee and by many residents after Shadow Pines Golf ceased operations,” said Deputy Supervisor Andy Moore. “For more than 50 years this property has been used for farmland and recreation, including softball fields and a golf course. All these uses provided a unique buffer to an active quarry operation while preserving valuable green space in this part of town.  If voters approve the propositions the property can continue to meet the needs of the Penfield community for generations to come.”  

For more details and background information on The Shadows please go to the project page at http://www.penfield.org/Golf_The_Shadows.php


January 12, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Update on Shadow Pines

The survey of the property authorized by the Town Board last week began earlier in the week with the review of the deeds and records on file at the County Clerk’s Office and the actual field instrument survey began today (January 12). It is anticipated this work will be completed and official maps prepared over the next several weeks. Additionally, the phase II environmental site investigation for soil sampling and asbestos/lead paint assessment will begin the week of January 15. As of today, January 12, the Town and the Seller continue good faith negotiations for a Purchase and Sales Agreement acceptable to both parties.  I will share further updates as more details become available.
~R. Anthony LaFountain, Penfield Town Supervisor


January 5, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Update on Shadow Pines

At the January 3, 2018 organizational meeting of the Town Board, the board adopted two resolutions relating to Shadow Pines. The first was to authorize a contract with BME Associates for land surveying services relating to the acquisition of the property. The second resolution was to provide for holding a special Town election to be held on Tuesday February 27th to vote on two propositions for the approval of bond resolutions authorizing the acquisition of all the Shadow Pines properties.
As of today, January 5th, the Town and the Seller have a signed Letter of Intent and continue good faith negotiations for a Purchase and Sales Agreement acceptable to both parties. I will share further updates as more details become available.
~R. Anthony LaFountain, Penfield Town Supervisor




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