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Penfield town board votes ‘yes’ to moratorium

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The Penfield Town Board voted 5-0, passing a moratorium on Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake golf course. 

The golf courses were put up for sale in January, beginning months of controversy over the potential for a massive housing project on the Shadow Pines land. 

Many residents voiced their opinions at town board meetings over the last few months stating that the development would add traffic, decrease property value, eventually raise taxes and take away green space. 

Jeff Burns, a resident in Penfield wants the golf courses to remain the same.

“I think a moratorium is a real strong step in the right direction,” Burns said.

The one year moratorium will halt any development at Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake. During the year, a “task force” will be established to explore future uses for the properties. The committee will include 20 members–from all walks of life– chosen by the board. The board will not  include any people with current or past political affiliation. The board wants to keep “politics” out. Burns says, that’s unfair.
‘I think it’s an unfair exclusion because the reason I got involved with the Penfield Democratic Committee is because I was interested in the community,” Burns said.
Despite that rule, Burns thinks the committee will come up with a solution for the properties.
Douglas Fisher, a Rochester resident, attended the meeting for support.
“It’s very important to preserve open space particularly when you have a major density of population,” Fisher said.
The task force will be established at the Penfield Town Board meeting on April 6. 
News 8 is waiting for a call back from the attorney for the current owners, The Dolomite Group, about their thoughts on the moratorium.
Fritz Odenbach of the Odenbach family recently purchased Shadow Lake, saying it would remain a golf course.
Residents are fearful that will change,  because it’s zoned as residential property. 

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