Community Engagement Activities

Get engaged in your City government. This page will provide ways for you to get involved and be a part of the decision making process. More opportunities are added and information is updated regularly. Bookmark this page and check back often. We look forward to seeing you or hearing from you soon!

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Public Meetings

Upcoming Public Hearings

Provide your feedback directly to the City on the following public hearings. Check back often updates.

Public Body Meeting Info Item # Public Hearing
City Council June 9, 2020
6 pm
Virtual
O-2020-29 Ordinance authorizing the issuance and sale of up to $37M in utility revenue bonds for the ongoing utility infrastructure projects
City Council June 9, 2020 CU-20-039 Request for a Conditional Use Permit to allow a Short-term Rental use at 118 N. Washington Street
City Council June 9, 2020 CU-20-147 Request for a Conditional Use Permit to allow a hookah establishment at 30 E. Piccadilly Street
City Council June 9, 2020 CU-20-140 Request for a Conditional Use Permit to allow ground floor multi-family conversion at 31 E.Piccadilly Street
Planning Commission June 16, 2020 TA-20-236 Resolution initiating an ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance to allow for artisan manufacturing in B-1 & B-2 districts

Public Comment Periods

Several City of Winchester public bodies offer a public comment period at their meetings. Local residents can address the body on any topic, but the members cannot respond, answer questions or engage in conversation. If you wish to speak during the public comment period, sign in upon arrival and wait for your name to be called.

See below for a list of public bodies that offer public comment during meetings:

  • City Council Regular Meeting - Limit 3 minutes per speaker
  • City Council Work Session - Limit 3 minutes total for all speakers
  • Old Town Advancement Commission - Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman
  • Parks & Recreation Advisory Board - Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman
  • Planning Commission - Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman
  • School Board Business Meeting - Limit 3 minutes per speaker
  • School Board Work Session - Limit 3 minutes per speaker
  • Social Services Advisory Board - Limit 3 minutes per speaker
  • Winchester Regional Airport Authority - Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman

Public Comment During Virtual Council Meetings

For those who’d like to address Council on any topic or provide comment for a public hearing item on the agenda, please do so using the online public comment form at https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/311/forum_home?phase=open (available after the agenda is posted on the prior Thursday). Deadline: The Monday prior to the meeting at 8 am. All comments submitted will be provided to Council and any comments about a public hearing item on the agenda will be read aloud during the meeting. This forum should not be used for general correspondence, request services or to ask questions (instead, email or call staff or use the City's 311 Knowledgebase and Service Request System). 

The above mentioned online forum also has an online public comment form for the May 19, 2020 Planning Commission meeting Public Hearings.


Public Input Opportunities

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is assisting the City of Winchester with a Strategically Targeted Affordable Roadway Solutions (STARS) study of South Pleasant Valley Road in the 2.2-mile section between East Cork Street and the intersection of E. Tevis Street/Crossover Blvd. This is a busy north-south commercial route with operational and safety issues due to heavy traffic volumes during peak periods. VDOT, City staff and partners have developed 11 improvement concepts for consideration (implementation is dependent upon the availability of funding).

Public Input

A Virtual Town Hall will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 6 pm. After learning about the recommendations, we want your feedback. Click the button below to complete the public input survey (deadline: June 14, 2020). Input received will be provided to City Council.

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If you have any remaining questions, please submit the online question form


Surveys

Bikeshare Study Survey (MPO)

Over the last decade, Bikeshare programs have grown exponentially in cities large and small as an alternative form of transportation and an economic development tool. A bikeshare program allows individuals to rent a bike, available at multiple docking stations throughout the area, for a short period of time for recreation, trips to work or appointments, or to connect to existing public transit, etc. When the trip is over, the bike can be returned to any docking station located within the city. The Winchester-Frederick County Metropolitan Planning Organization recently initiated a feasibility study to determine if, and at what scale a bikeshare program could be implemented in the Winchester area. An online survey for the general public has been organized to gauge public interest and identify potential docking locations and bikeshare program features residents would like to see should a program be implemented.

Deadline: June 22

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Communications Survey

The City strives to provide the information our residents, property owners and business owners want to know. Not getting what you want? Help us improve by telling us what you'd like to receive and how.

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2020 Citizen Survey - Canceled

The City conducts a city-wide citizen survey every three years. The next survey will be conducted in 2020. If you receive a survey, please complete it by the provided deadline. 

This random-sample survey aims to determine areas for improvement and provide benchmarking for City services and customer service. The City of Winchester uses the survey results to ensure that the City’s priorities are aligned with the needs of our residents. Winchester Common Council and City of Winchester staff often use information about the perceptions and priorities of residents for goal-setting, budgeting and long-term planning. 

Check back for updates and click here to view past survey results.


Community Liaison Program

The City is seeking representatives from Winchester city community and neighborhood groups that can partner with the communications team and help improve communication with residents. The representatives will serve as liaisons between the group/neighborhood and the City. When Council and City staff are discussing topics that may impact residents, these representatives will help disseminate the information to their group. Also, when community and neighborhood groups have questions or comments, the representative will gather and relay the information to the City and start the two-way conversation.

If you're interested in participating, submit the online form or contact the City's Communications Director at 540-667-1815, ext. 1670 or email.


2020 Census

Everyone living in the City of Winchester will be asked to complete the Census form this year. Please take a few minutes when you are notified to complete the form. EVERYONE COUNTS. New This Year: Complete the Census form online.

Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Hospitals. Even roads and highways. The U.S. Census can shape many different aspects of our community including during natural disasters.

  • Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
  • Knowing who lives where is key to recovery during disasters.
  • The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
  • It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution (the U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790).

Click here for a short overview of the 2020 Census.


Innovative Idea Portal

Have an idea as to how we can improve a service, program or process? Submit your idea using our knowledgebase (also available using our mobile app).


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INSIGHT Citizen's Academy

Learn about your local government by registering for the City's annual INSIGHT Citizen's Academy. During the academy, you can meet City leaders, learn about government services and programs, tour facilities, and ask questions allowing you to better understand why decisions are made and how you can get involved. The program begins every January. Visit the INSIGHT Citizen's Academy website for details.


Feedback Forms

Do you have suggestions for improving this page? If so, email your idea to pio@winchesterva.gov, call the Communications Director at (540) 667-1815, ext. 1670 or submit the Website Feedback Form (link below).

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