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City dispels rumor about unsafe drinking water

Mar 22, 2019

The City has received several inquires about a rumor circulating that someone has contracted intestinal parasites from drinking the City’s water and that there have been 120 cases at the hospital. This claim is completely unfounded. The City’s drinking water is safe and the Winchester Medical Center has stated that they are unaware of any recent diagnosed cases of intestinal parasites. The City has a rigorous testing and treatment process with 24/7 monitoring that provides consistently safe drinking water.

New Semi-Annual Billing for Vehicular Personal Property

Mar 15, 2019

The City of Winchester now offers semi-annual billing for vehicle personal property taxes. This is part of a multi-year transition from the City’s unique billing methods to standard calendar year billing. In this first phase, vehicles newly added to the tax rolls will follow this cycle, but citizens may also transition an existing vehicle by request.

Under the new process, the tax year corresponds to the calendar year (January to December) with semi-annual payments due April 05 and October 05. Taxpayers also have the option to pay the full bill at once.

Old Town Farmers Market seeks local vendors and volunteers

Mar 05, 2019

The City of Winchester is now accepting vendor applications for the fifth season of the Old Town Farmers Market to be held on Saturdays from 9 am-1 pm, May 11-September 28, 2019. The popular market, located at the Taylor Pavilion off the Loudoun Street Mall, draws 800-1,000 people each week and is comprised of local farms, artisans and others that offer items such as vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese, soaps, handcrafted chocolates, and more. The market is always looking for new vendors and strives to offer a wide variety o

Old Hospital CUP Update

Feb 27, 2019

CUP-18-815: Request of Healthcare Development Partners for a Conditional Use Permit per Section 15-2-2 of the Winchester Zoning Ordinance for waivers from area, height, density, bulk, width, and landscaping regulations at 333 W. Cork Street zoned Health Services (HS) District.

Parking Authority to convert downtown garages to capacity parking

Feb 27, 2019

As of March 1, 2019, the Winchester Parking Authority will convert the George Washington Autopark, located between North Cameron and North Kent Streets, to capacity parking. This means that certain parking spaces and floors will no longer be assigned to those who lease spaces. Daily users and tenants will be able to park anywhere in the garage and on any floor.

4th annual Celtic festival returns to Old Town March 9

Feb 25, 2019

Celebrate the community’s Irish and Scottish heritage at the fourth annual Old Town St. Paddy’s Celtic Festival on Saturday, March 9 from noon-9:00 pm. As always, the festival is free and activities will take place inside Old Town Winchester businesses and along the Loudoun Street Mall (weather permitting).

February 20 inclement weather schedule

Feb 20, 2019

UPDATED: All City of Winchester administrative offices, the Jim Barnett Park Rec Center, the Joint Judicial Center (courts), WinTran public transit, the Visitor Center, and Old Town Welcome Center are closed today, February 20. Today’s cardboard collection is moved to Friday, February 22. For City of Winchester storm response information and updates, please visit

Please stay safe and off the roads, if possible, to allow snow plows to work efficiently. 

EDA extends former Winchester Towers site MOU

Feb 19, 2019

At the February meeting of the Winchester Economic Development Authority (EDA) held today, the Winchester EDA voted unanimously to extend the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for redevelopment of the corner of Cameron and Piccadilly Streets (former Winchester Towers site) with Lynx Ventures, LLC for a period of 60 days. The extension of the MOU serves to provide additional time for working through project details as well as negotiations with adjacent property owners. 

Winchester GIS Open Data Portal now available

Feb 19, 2019

The City of Winchester’s Open Data Portal is now available for the public to search, download, and explore the City’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data. Datasets and mapping applications available on the site include:

Flu Cases are Still on the Rise: No-Cost Flu Shots

Feb 12, 2019

Source: Lord Fairfax Health District Press Release

Cases of influenza (“the flu”) are still increasing in Virginia, and the flu season has yet to peak. Flu season usually continues through May, so, if you have not gotten the shot, it is not too late, and you can now get it at no out-of-pocket cost.

The Lord Fairfax Health District advises everyone that getting a flu shot is not only the single best way to protect yourself from getting sick, it is also the best way to prevent the spread of flu to others.