Nancy Taylor, the Community Literacy Outreach coordinator, is applying for a Temporary Commercial Use permit to allow the construction of a community garden in McBride.

The property is located at 1056 2nd Ave (adjacent to the Elks Lodge) and is currently zoned R2 (Residential) which only allows for single-family homes and home occupations. The property is owned by Barbara Jackson, who submitted a letter with the Temporary Use application, stating that she wants to donate the land (which needs to be leveled, as demolition on the previous building was completed just before last winter) and is willing to assist with water and power if needed. The application is also requesting some variances for setbacks, to allow for the installation of deer fencing and the construction of a small tool shed.

If approved, the TUP would be valid for 3 years and could be continued or amended.

The Community Learning Project is coordinated by the McBride and District Public Library and is funded by Decoda Literacy Solutions. According to the Learning Project’s website, “The goal of this project is to bring learning into all parts of daily living and celebrate what we already know. We are all teachers and we are all learners.”

By: Korie Marshall