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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||Agenda||Item #||Public Hearing|
|City Council||January 26
|View||CUP-20-633||Conditional Use Permit to allow a laundromat at 715 S. Kent Street|
|City Council||January 26||View||CUP-20-648||Conditional Use Permit to allow for Extended Stay Lodging at 112 N. Loudoun Street|
|City Council||January 26||View||CUP-20-620||Conditional Use Permit to convert ground floor to residential use|
|City Council||January 26||View||CUP-20-647||Conditional Use Permit to allow for a bed and breakfast inn at 514 Amherst Street|
|City Council||January 26||View||O-2020-56||Ordinance to rezone 6.23 acres at 222 Spring Street for mixed|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|City Council Work Session||Limit 3 minutes total for all email@example.com|
|Community Policy & Management Team||Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Economic Development Authority||Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairmanemail@example.com|
|Old Town Advancement Commission||Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Parks & Recreation Advisory Board||Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairmanemail@example.com|
|Planning Commission||Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|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 email@example.com|
|Tourism Board||Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Winchester Regional Airport Authority||Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman|
Public Comment During Virtual Meetings
All boards offer the option to submit public comments in writing, instead of attending in person or virtually. Submit comments to the staff indicated in the chart above, mail to Rouss City Hall, 15 N. Cameron Street, Winchester, VA 22601, or place in the drop box outside City Hall.
For those who’d like to address City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Architectural Review (BAR) or Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) on any topic or provide comment for a public hearing item on the agenda for virtual meetings, an online public comment form is available for your convenience. The form will be made available when the agenda is finalized and published. All comments submitted will be provided to the body.
During Meeting (Live)
In addition to the online public comment form, community members have the option to call in or use the WebEx platform to address the body live during the meeting. Each person who chooses to speak, instead of submitting the online form, will have an opportunity to address the public body. Please stay muted until it is your turn to speak. NOTE: Please log in to WebEx only if you plan to address the body. This will help streamline the process. If you do not intent to speak during the meeting, please watch the meetings via the agenda portal.
Visit the Meeting Calendar for more instructions for the specific meeting you wish to virtually attend.
Instructions on how to use WebEx
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Community Liaison Program
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INSIGHT Citizen's Academy
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