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 Agenda Item # Public Hearing
City Council Oct. 12
6 pm
Agenda CU-20-666 Conditional User Permit for 51 units on N. Cameron Street
Planning Commission Oct. 19
3 pm
Agenda RZ-21-691 Ordinance to rezone a 20.26 acre tract of land at 925 Amherst St

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:

Public Body Public Comment Speaking Limit During Meetings Contact for Written Comments
City Council Regular Meeting Limit 3 minutes per speaker clerk@winchesterva.gov
Community Policy & Management Team Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman winchestercsa@winchesterva.gov
Economic Development Authority Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman Shawna Boswell
Old Town Advancement Commission Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman otw@winchesterva.gov
Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman wincparks@winchesterva.gov
Planning Commission Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman plngdept@winchesterva.gov
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 Amber Dopkowski
Tourism Board Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman director@visitwinchesterva.com
Winchester Regional Airport Authority Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman  

Community Liaison Program

The City is seeking representatives from Winchester city community and neighborhood groups that can partner with the communications team and help disseminate information to 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, the liaisons will help keep their group informed. Also, when community members have questions or comments, the liaisons 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.


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.


Give Feedback

Millwood Avenue Traffic Improvements Proposed Project

The City is considering several options for improving traffic flow on Millwood Avenue between I-81 and Apple Blossom Drive. Staff are coordinating with VDOT for the preliminary design of the City’s project and hope to complete both projects at the same time as VDOT works to replace the bridge (estimated: 2023-2024 timeframe). Submit feedback by November 19, 2021.

Click here for details and a link to the online survey.

Green Circle Trail - Phase IV

Phase IV of the Green Circle Trail will close the loop of Winchester's pedestrian and biking trail that was designed to circle the city and connect points of interest. For this portion, construction is expected to begin in 2-3 years and we want your feedback on two potential options for that final section of the loop. Submit feedback by November 19, 2021.

Click here for details and a link to the online survey.

Open Town Hall

Check our Open Town Hall website for current public input opportunities and check back often.

Communications Feedback

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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Contact

For questions about the information provided on this page, please contact the City's Communications Office at 540-667-1815, ext. 1670 or pio@winchesterva.gov.