Tim Youmans, Planning Director
Aaron Grisdale, Director of Zoning & Inspections
The Planning and Zoning staff assist City Council, appointed boards and commissions, and the citizens of Winchester anticipate the future needs and desires of the community and ensures that physical development within the community is consistent with that vision.
Long-range planning: Undertake Comprehensive Planning and long-range visioning for the physical development of the City. Establish goals and objectives; inventory and analyze existing demographic, land use, transportation, and community facility patterns; project future trends; develop scenarios for future development; assist Council and Planning Commission with selecting alternatives and implementation of the Plan.
Current Planning (development plan review) Process Site Plans, Conditional Use Permits, Rezonings, Subdivisions, Zoning Ordinance amendments, Subdivision Ordinance amendments, Street and Alley Vacations & Conveyances, Historic District reviews.
Transportation Planning Assist Council with establishing and prioritizing road and other transportation projects; coordinate transportation projects with Frederick County, VDOT and FHWA; represent the City on regional transportation planning committees; prepare grants for TEA-21 Enhancement grants; review I-81 widening project.
Information Services Provide updated maps depicting parcels, streets, zoning districts, floodplains, elementary school zones, capital projects, land use, etc. Maintain street addressing system; serve as liaison to Census Bureau; prepare and distribute reports, ordinances, guides, maps, and drawings in hardcopy and electronic form.
Historic Preservation Assist Board of Architectural Review, process certificates of appropriateness for work in the Historic District.
Zoning Administration Interpretation, enforcement and administration of the City's Zoning Ordinance. Conducts field inspections to identify zoning violations and investigates zoning-related complaints.
Permits Reviews for zoning approval building, sign, temporary trailer and certificate of occupancy permits.
Board of Architectural Review Reviews applications to the Board for zoning compliance.
Enforcement Conducts field inspections to identify zoning violations and investigates zoning-related complaints.
Board of Zoning Appeals Processes variance, special exception, and other Board of Zoning Appeals cases.