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!

Want more City of Winchester information? Click here for a list of ways to get it.

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 hearings are designated for certain agenda items and feedback is solicited after Council President announces the item during the meeting. If you'd like to submit your comments in writing, use the online form (deadline: 12 pm on the Monday prior to the Council meeting to be included in the agenda packet).

Public Body Meeting Agenda Item # Public Hearing
Council Meeting October 11
6 pm
    COMING SOON
Planning Commission October 18
3 pm
    COMING SOON

Public Comment Periods

Several City of Winchester public bodies offer a public comment period at their meetings for general topics and relating to Public Hearings. 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  Online Form (deadline: 12 pm on the prior Monday)
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 Jenny McDonald
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

Old Town Survey

Take the Old Town Winchester Community Input Survey and help shape the next several years of downtown's future. Tell staff what you love, what you'd like to change, and how we can work to make it better for you. It's anonymous and easy (takes less than 10 minutes to complete). Thank you in advance for your input!

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Transit Survey

Whether you ride often, have never ridden, or are a new rider, we want to hear your thoughts about Winchester's public transit system, WinTran. Take the easy online survey and have a role in potentially expanding/improving the WinTran system.

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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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Open Town Hall

Check our Open Town Hall website for current public input opportunities and check back often.


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. Stay tuned for a new twist in 2023!

2023 Dates Time Meeting Location
Dates COMING SOON   Varies

Want to host your own community cleanup? We'll provide the supplies and pick up the full bags afterward. 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.

Citizen Police Academy

Winchester Police Department's Citizen Police Academy provides an inside look at local law enforcement operations and challenges. During this popular program, learn more about community policing, officer requirements/training, criminal investigations, E-911 communications, defensive tactics, school resource officer program, K-9s, criminal law/court proceedings, adult and juvenile detention centers, radar operations, coordination with social services, polygraphs, crime scene processing, and much more. Visit the WPD's website for details.

DID YOU KNOW? Citizen Police Academy graduates are eligible (but not required) to apply to become a member of the WPD's Volunteers in Policing Program.


Contact

For questions about the information provided on this page, please contact the City's Communications Office at 540-535-3659 or pio@winchesterva.gov.