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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
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Community Policy & Management Team||Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairmanemail@example.com|
|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 Chairmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Parks & Recreation Advisory Board||Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairmanemail@example.com|
|Planning Commission||Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|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 Chairmanemail@example.com|
|Winchester Regional Airport Authority||Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman|
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:
- Submit the online public comment form
- Email the comment to firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)
- Deliver the comment via mail or drop box to Attention: Clerk of Council, 15 N. Cameron Street, Winchester, VA 22601
- 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.
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.
Open Town Hall
Check our Open Town Hall website for current public input opportunities and check back often.
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Community Liaison Program
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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.
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