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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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 January 14, 2020
6:00 pm
John Kerr Elementary
O-2019-40 Ordinance to amend section 29-8 of City Code specifying water and sewer availability fees to be paid before a building permit is issued
Planning Commission January 21, 2020
3:00 pm
Rouss City Hall
SP-19-811 Request of Greenway Engineering for Site Plan Approval of Winchester Senior Living Center Addition at 333 West Cork Street zoned Health Services District

Surveys

Winchester Fire & Rescue (WFRD) Services Survey

The City is currently conducting a study (led by Emergency Services Consulting International) to form a long-range master plan for the department. The study will focus on multiple aspects of the combination system including its organization, management, capital assets and improvement programs, staffing and personnel management, service delivery and performance, support programs, and more.

A public input session will be held on January 21, 2020 at 6 pm (Jim Barnett Park Rec Center) and an online survey will be available on the City’s Open Town Hall platform in the coming weeks. 

Communications Survey

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2020 Citizen Survey

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.


Public Input

Winchester Fire & Rescue Services

The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) will host a public input session on Tuesday, January 21 at 6:00 pm in the Lord Fairfax Room at Jim Barnett Park (1001 E. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601). The session is open to residents of the City of Winchester and will be moderated by Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI), the consulting arm of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, as part of its study to form a long-range master plan for the WFRD.

During the study, ESCI will evaluate the system of services provided to the City of Winchester by the combination system comprised of WFRD career personnel and volunteers in the City’s four volunteer companies. The study will focus on multiple aspects of the combination system including its organization, management, capital assets and improvement programs, staffing and personnel management, service delivery and performance, support programs, and more.

During the public input session, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the aforementioned topics and provide feedback to ESCI. An online survey will be available on the City’s Open Town Hall platform in the coming weeks. When available, residents will be provided with the link on the Winchester Fire and Rescue web page and associated social media sites.

Flood Map

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is proposing updates to the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Winchester City, Virginia and is inviting community stakeholders to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period. The proposed updates may affect flood risk information and future flood insurance requirements for properties in Winchester city, so it is important for residents and business owners to be aware of the appeal process.

The 90-day appeal period began on November 6, 2019. Click here for details


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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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.