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   Give Feedback   Community Cleanups   Community Liaison Program   Citizen's Academy


Public Meetings

Community Conversations

Throughout the year, Council members will host a Community Conversation forums on designated topics. This is a great opportunity to learn about your community, ask questions, and have a candid conversation with elected officials and City staff. 

Click here for the schedule

Upcoming Public Hearings

Provide your feedback directly to the City on the following public hearings. Check back often for updates.

Public Body Meeting Agenda Item # Public Hearing
Planning Commission June 21
3 pm
Agenda RZ-22-379 Ordinance to conditionally rezone 10.9 acres on Fairmont Ave, Wyck St, & Braddock St to high density PUD

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  

Give Feedback

Park Input Meetings (in person)

Winchester Parks & Recreation wants to know how you use city parks and what improvements you'd like to see. Attend a Park Input Meeting or submit the online Parks Survey. Each meeting will focus on parks within the Ward listed; however, residents are welcome to attend any meeting. 

Date Time Location
April 25, 2022 (Ward 1 & Jim Barnett Park) 5:30-6:30 pm John Kerr Elementary School, Library
May 23, 2022 (Ward 3) 5:30-6:30 pm Jim Barnett Park Rec Center, Social Hall
July 25, 2022 (Ward 2) 5:30-6:30 pm Virginia Ave Charlotte DeHart Elementary School
September 26, 2022 (Ward 4) 5:30-6:30 pm Frederick Douglass Elementary School 

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.

Survey button


Volunteer

Community Cleanups

Volunteers are needed for the City's Community Cleanup events. Help keep Winchester beautiful by picking up litter, cleaning streams, planting trees and more on the below events. Bags, gloves, and pickers provided.

2022 Dates Time Meeting Location
May 28 8 am 1. Legge Blvd (meet at the corner of Legge & Adams Dr)
2. Friendship Park (627 N. Pleasant Valley Rd, meet at the pavilion)
June 11 8 am Whittier Park (900 Whittier Ave off Amherst St)
July 23 8 am Christianson Familyland Playground (Jim Barnett Park near Wilkins Lake)
September 17 8 am Weaver Park (167 Bruce Dr)

Want to host your own community cleanup? We'll provide the supplies and pick up the bags. All you have to do is fill out a short online form. Thank you for helping keep Winchester beautiful!


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.


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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.


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.