DAEDF meets with public on rezoning

Lyle Roggow and a meeting attendee looking over architect rendering of proposed incubator location

Cameron University’s Duncan campus played host to a neighborhood meeting between area residents and Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation (DAEDF) concerning the organization’s incubator.

DAEDF invited those in attendance via mailer and spent the evening discussing the organization’s plans to request a rezoning measure with Duncan’s planning commission. DAEDF was only required to notify one entity of the planned request but instead decided to make the community aware of the situation as well.

Just two years ago, DAEDF’s first request failed to pass Duncan City Council after the Planning Commission gave the go ahead. The request included rezoning a 48-acre plot of land behind Cameron University, according to DAEDF documents.

DAEDF President Lyle Roggow addressed the crowd on changes made to the rezoning request and specified these changes came from citizen input.

These changes, according to DAEDF, include “relocating the drive entrance to align with Catherine St. and deceasing the requested rezoned acreage to 4.61 acres,” a press release states. Should this request pass, the 4.61 acres will be zoned I-2.

“We are now just asking for the actual acreage the incubator will sit on,” Roggow said.

Roggow settled concerns of increased traffic and stated only about 25 cars would add to the number of 1,400 which traffic the area and stated “fleets of semi-trucks” wouldn’t be headed to the incubator. Additionally, Roggow stated safety standards would be maintained.

While this is the first presentation on the rezoning request Roggow has made, he plans to stand before Planning Commission on May 17 to submit his request.

Officials, including Dennis Loafman with Red River Technology Center and Susan Camp with Cameron University Duncan, offered DAEDF support in the endeavor and how it would impact their education centers having the incubator nearby.

The incubator would be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and according to DAEDF documents, “past tenants include government contracting, aviation, transportation/logistics, engineering services, manufacturing component, chemistry products/services and professional services.”