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 Info Item # Public Hearing
City Council February 25, 2020
6 pm
City Hall Council Chambers
CUP-19-834 Request to allow short-term rental at 346 Virginia Ave
City Council February 25, 2020 O-2020-2 Ordinance to amend and reenact Ch. 11-3.37 of the City Code
City Council February 25, 2020 O-2020-3 Ordnance to vacate and convey a 1,607 sq ft portion of the  Meadow Branch Ave right of way adjoining 520 Meadow Branch Ave

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:

  • City Council Regular Meeting - Limit 3 minutes per speaker
  • City Council Work Session - Limit 3 minutes total for all speakers
  • 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
  • Winchester Regional Airport Authority - Time limit is at the discretion of the Chairman

Surveys

Winchester Fire & Rescue (WFRD) Services Survey

The City is currently conducting a study (led by Emergency Services Consulting International) to form a long-range master plan for the department. The study will focus on multiple aspects of the combination system including its organization, management, capital assets and improvement programs, staffing and personnel management, service delivery and performance, support programs, and more.

A public input session will be held on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 6 pm (Jim Barnett Park Rec Center) and an online survey will be available on the City’s Open Town Hall platform on February 11, 2020.

VDOT South Pleasant Valley Road Survey

The Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking public comment regarding the South Pleasant Valley Road corridor in the city of Winchester. VDOT is assisting the City with a Strategically Targeted Affordable Roadway Solutions (STARS) study of South Pleasant Valley Road between the intersection of 2.2-mile section between East Cork Street and the intersection of Tevis Street. This is a busy north-south commercial route with operational and safety issues due to heavy traffic volumes during peak periods. This section of roadway consists of three Potential for Safety Improvement (PSI) intersections.

The study will focus on safety and consider access management improvements and innovative intersection configurations. The study will also consider improvements to bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. Traditional widening of Pleasant Valley Road will not be considered. The City could pursue funding for implementation of recommended improvements through VDOT’s Six-Year Improvement Program.

An online public input survey presents the needs and recommendations of the study corridor for public feedback. The survey and additional information about the South Pleasant Valley Road Corridor Improvement Study are available at the below link:

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VDOT will utilize the study to develop a preferred improvement alternative, which will be presented at a future public information meeting. Estimated completion: Summer 2020.

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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2020 Citizen Survey

The City conducts a city-wide citizen survey every three years. The next survey will be conducted in 2020. If you receive a survey, please complete it by the provided deadline. 

This random-sample survey aims to determine areas for improvement and provide benchmarking for City services and customer service. The City of Winchester uses the survey results to ensure that the City’s priorities are aligned with the needs of our residents. Winchester Common Council and City of Winchester staff often use information about the perceptions and priorities of residents for goal-setting, budgeting and long-term planning. 

Check back for updates and click here to view past survey results.


Public Input

Winchester Fire & Rescue Services

The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) will host a public input session on Tuesday, February 11 at 6:00 pm in the Social Hall at Jim Barnett Park (1001 E. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601). The session is open to residents of the City of Winchester and will be moderated by Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI), the consulting arm of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, as part of its study to form a long-range master plan for the WFRD.

During the study, ESCI will evaluate the system of services provided to the City of Winchester by the combination system comprised of WFRD career personnel and volunteers in the City’s four volunteer companies. The study will focus on multiple aspects of the combination system including its organization, management, capital assets and improvement programs, staffing and personnel management, service delivery and performance, support programs, and more.

During the public input session, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the aforementioned topics and provide feedback to ESCI. An online survey will be available on the City’s Open Town Hall platform on February 11, 2020. 


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? 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).

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2020 Census

Everyone living in the City of Winchester will be asked to complete the Census form this year. Please take a few minutes when you are notified to complete the form. EVERYONE COUNTS. New This Year: Complete the Census form online.

Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Hospitals. Even roads and highways. The U.S. Census can shape many different aspects of our community including during natural disasters.

  • Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
  • Knowing who lives where is key to recovery during disasters.
  • The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
  • It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution (the U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790).

Click here for a short overview of the 2020 Census.