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 January 25
6 pm
Agenda O-2021-61 Ordinance to amend City Code regarding real estate tax exemption for the elderly and disabled

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
Community Policy & Management Team Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman
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
Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman
Planning Commission Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman
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
Winchester Regional Airport Authority Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman  

Give Feedback

Voting Ward Boundary Adjustments

We’re soliciting public feedback on proposed voting ward adjustments. Council will hold a public hearing at the March 8, 2022 meeting, but we are collecting written feedback through various channels until February 28. Residenrs are also welcome to submit comments, along with data, views, maps, and arguments, in writing in advance, provided that comments are submitted on or before 4:00 pm on February 28, 2022, by one of the following methods:

  1. Submit the online public comment form 
  2. Email the comment to sends e-mail)
  3. Deliver the comment via mail or drop box to Attention: Clerk of Council, 15 N. Cameron Street, Winchester, VA 22601
  4. Call (540) 667-1815, ext. 1502 to make alternate arrangements

Watch the public hearing, which will be broadcast live on the City's Agenda Portal

Click here for a copy of the draft ordinance and also may be requested through the Clerk of Council by calling 540-667-1815, ext. 1502 or email


Transportation Infrastructure Needs Survey 

The Winchester-Frederick County Metropolitan Planning Organization (WinFred MPO) is conducting an online public survey to gain insight on residents’ perceptions of transportation needs in the greater Winchester area. The survey results will inform and guide decision makers as they prioritize transportation related projects for inclusion in the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). Submit feedback by January 31, 2022. English and Spanish surveys available.

Click here for 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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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.


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