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 26
6 pm
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 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 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.

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 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


Public Input Opportunities

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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.

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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 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.


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 or the City's websites? 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.