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!

Want more City of Winchester information? Click here for a list of ways to get it.


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 October 13
6 pm
View   Coming 10/9
Planning Commission October 20
3 pm
View   Ordinance to vacate and convey a 2,057 s.f. portion of the center street right of way adjacent to 152 Fox Drive
City Council Sept. 22 View O-2020-46 Ordinance to rezone 9.65 acres at 654 Fox Drive from LR to LR with PUD overlay

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
City Council Work Session Limit 3 minutes total for all speakers 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 shirley.dodson@winchesterva.gov
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@winchesterva.gov
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  

Public Comment During Council Meetings

Since space is limited at the meetings due to social distancing requirements, we encourage public comments to be submitted in writing. Options for submitting public comments (general or for a public hearing) are as follows:

  1. Submit the online public comment form (available by the Friday before the meeting)
  2. Email clerk@winchesterva.gov
  3. Place a letter in the drop box outside City Hall (Attention: Clerk of Council)
  4. Mail comments to Clerk of Council, 15 N. Cameron Street, Winchester, VA 22601

For other boards, please see the above contact list for submitting comments in writing. 

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 below or place in the drop box outside City Hall.

Online Form

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 be called upon and unmuted when it’s their turn. NOTE: For BAR and BZA meetings, please log in to WebEx only if you plan to address the body.

To help with this process, community members wishing to address Council or a board are asked to sign up in advance by contacting the public body's staff liaison:

Public Body Email Phone
Board of Architectural Review plngdept@winchesterva.gov 540-667-1815, ext. 1413
Board of Zoning Appeals plngdept@winchesterva.gov 540-667-1815, ext. 1413
Community Policy & Management Team (CPMT) winchestercsa@winchesterva.gov 540-686-4821
Old Town Advancement Commission otw@winchesterva.gov 540-535-3660
Social Services Advisory Board amber.dopkowski@winchesterva.gov 540-686-4821

Those wishing to address the body who did not sign up in advance can still speak. Staff will call on you when it's your turn. Please be sure to include your name when you log in so the moderator can call on you when appropriate.

Visit the Meeting Calendar for more instructions for the specific meeting you wish to virtually attend.

Instructions on how to use WebEx


Public Input Opportunities

S. Pleasant Valley Road

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is assisting the City of Winchester with a Strategically Targeted Affordable Roadway Solutions (STARS) study of South Pleasant Valley Road in the 2.2-mile section between East Cork Street and the intersection of E. Tevis Street/Crossover Blvd. This is a busy north-south commercial route with operational and safety issues due to heavy traffic volumes during peak periods. VDOT, City staff and partners have developed 11 improvement concepts for consideration (implementation is dependent upon the availability of funding).

After learning about the recommendations, we want your feedback. Click the button below to complete the public input survey. Input received will be provided to City Council.

Survey button

If you have any remaining questions about the S. Pleasant Valley project, please submit the online question form


Surveys

Communications Survey

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.

Survey button

2020 Citizen Survey - Canceled

The City conducts a city-wide citizen survey every three years. The next survey will be conducted in 2020. If you receive a survey, please complete it by the provided deadline. 

This random-sample survey aims to determine areas for improvement and provide benchmarking for City services and customer service. The City of Winchester uses the survey results to ensure that the City’s priorities are aligned with the needs of our residents. Winchester Common Council and City of Winchester staff often use information about the perceptions and priorities of residents for goal-setting, budgeting and long-term planning. 

Check back for updates and click here to view past survey results.


Community Liaison Program

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


2020 Census

Everyone living in the City of Winchester will be asked to complete the Census form this year. Please take a few minutes when you are notified to complete the form. EVERYONE COUNTS. New This Year: Complete the Census form online.

Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Hospitals. Even roads and highways. The U.S. Census can shape many different aspects of our community including during natural disasters.

  • Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
  • Knowing who lives where is key to recovery during disasters.
  • The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
  • It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution (the U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790).

Click here for a short overview of the 2020 Census.


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.


Feedback Forms

Do you have suggestions for improving this page? If so, email your idea to pio@winchesterva.gov, call the Communications Director at (540) 667-1815, ext. 1670 or submit the Website Feedback Form (link below).

Customer Comment Card

Website Feedback Form


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.