The Winchester Common Council is currently developing bylaws and seeks the community's input.


Presentation: August 22, 2017 Council Bylaws Committee Update to Council (PPT)

Input received:


June 13, 2017

Council decided to explore the adoption of by-laws and appointed Mayor David Smith and Councilor Milt McInturff to serve on the Council Bylaws Committee (Councilor Kevin McKannan was appointed to serve as an alternate)

June 29, 2017

Council Bylaws Committee held its first meeting

  • Developed minimum categories to be covered by by-laws
    • Council Code of Conduct and Ethics
    • Parliamentary Procedure/Meetings
    • Operations
  • Reviewed by-laws from 10+ other Virginia localities
  • Considered general process for formation and implementation

July 7, 2017

  • Began soliciting input from all members of Council, the City Manager, and City staff and reviewing information
  • Made plans to hold a public input open house and upload an online questionnaire

August 22, 2017

Council Bylaws Committee provided update at the Council Work Session

Looking Ahead

Target Date Action
9/12 Upload draft bylaws on the City website for public review and comments
10/24 Formally present bylaws to Council for consideration 
11/14 First reading of proposed bylaws
11/28 Public hearing, second reading and final vote of proposed bylaws