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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Community Surveys

Strategic Plan Update

The City has launched a short online survey to gather input from Winchester city residents as part of the 2021 Strategic Planning process. Through discussions with local stakeholders, staff, Council and more, the City hopes to update the current strategic plan and guide the City's future for the next five years. Deadline: April 30, 2021.

We want to know how you feel about:

  • Economic Growth
  • Revitalization
  • Quality of Life
  • Public Safety
  • Public Health
  • City Government
  • Living in Winchester

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Virginia Commuter Survey

The Virginia Department of Transportation is collecting data associated with travel to and from work in response to COVID-19 in Virginia. The purpose of the recurring Virginia Commuter Surveys is to understand how commutes are changing and identify opportunities to improve commuting during and after this pandemic. For the purposes of these surveys, commuter refers to "a person who travels regularly between home and work, or works from home." The targeted respondents for these surveys are commuters who live and/or work in Virginia.

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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 April 27
6 pm
    COMING SOON

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 

All boards offer the option to submit public comments in writing at this time (virtual or in-person meetings). 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 (Council only)

Public comments can be made during the meeting (sign up at the podium before the meeting starts) or submit comments in writing. Use the online public comment form (posted the Friday before the meeting), email clerk@winchesterva.gov, mail to Clerk of Council, 15 N. Cameron Street, Winchester, VA 22601 or place your comments in the dropbox outside Rouss City Hall. All comments submitted will be provided to the body.

During Virtual Meeting (Live)

For virtual meetings only, 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 their comments in writing, 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


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.


Give Feedback

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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Website Feedback

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).

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.