After months of hearing neighbors' opposition to a developer's plan to turn Shadow Pines into a housing development, the town is moving forward with plans to purchase the former golf club.

After months of hearing neighbors' opposition to a developer's plan to turn Shadow Pines into a housing development, the town is moving forward with plans to purchase the former golf club.

The board met for the first time Wednesday since the supervisor signed a letter of intent.

The board took it one step further and approved hiring attorneys, but the meeting was nothing like some in the past where scores of people showed up to voice their opinions about the future of Shadow Pines.

Often over the last two years this meeting room at the Penfield Town Hall has been packed with people, neighbors concerned about the future of the once popular Shadow Pines Golf Course.

Wednesday, only two people showed up to the meeting where the board voted to move forward with the purchase. Town council member Paula Metzler says the board heard the concerns and it is giving neighbors what they've asked for.

"What I think we've heard most from people is the town is not interested in having 309 homes put on that parcel," she said.

Metzler says there's a ripple effect on the entire town from traffic to schools. Penfield Supervisor Tony LaFountain says it will mean a loss of tax revenue.

"So if that off the tax roll, that's $82,000 less coming into the town. So the way that's made up, it's spread across all the taxpayers themselves," he told us.

The supervisor says Penfield has seen substantial growth in recent years. He says that could help offset the loss of tax revenue from Shadow Pines.