Planning and Zoning

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The Planning and Zoning staff assist City Council, appointed boards and commissions, and the citizens of Winchester anticipate the future needs and desires of the community and ensures that physical development within the community is consistent with that vision.

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building permits

Enables citizens and contractors to complete the most common steps in the building permit process online, including permit payment and viewing inspections results.

Code Enforcement

Enables citizens and inspectors to perform case inquires and view case-related data online, including the case status and next course of action related to a case. 

Development Application online status inquiry

Enables citizens and contractors to check the status of planning and engineering project information online (site plans, rezoning applications, etc.).


  • Long-range Planning - Undertake Comprehensive Planning and long-range visioning for the physical development of the City. Establish goals and objectives; inventory and analyze existing demographic, land use, transportation, and community facility patterns; project future trends; develop scenarios for future development; assist Council and Planning Commission with selecting alternatives and implementation of the Plan.
  • Current Planning - Process Site Plans, Conditional Use Permits, Rezonings, Subdivisions, Zoning Ordinance amendments, Subdivision Ordinance amendments, Street and Alley Vacations and Conveyances, Historic District reviews.
  • Transportation Planning - Assist Council with establishing and prioritizing road and other transportation projects; coordinate transportation projects with Frederick County, VDOT and FHWA; represent the City on regional transportation planning committees; prepare grants for TEA-21 Enhancement grants; review I-81 widening project.
  • Information Services - Provide updated maps depicting parcels, streets, zoning districts, floodplains, elementary school zones, capital projects, land use, etc. Maintain street addressing system; serve as liaison to Census Bureau; prepare and distribute reports, ordinances, guides, maps, and drawings in hardcopy and electronic form.
  • Historic Preservation - Assist Board of Architectural Review, process certificates of appropriateness for work in the Historic District.


Tim Youmans
Planning Director
(540) 667-1815, ext. 1415

David Stewart
Senior Planner
(540) 667-1815, ext. 1413

Rouss City Hall
15 North Cameron St., 3rd Floor
Winchester, VA  22601
Dept. Fax (540) 722-3618


  • Zoning Administration - Interpretation, enforcement and administration of the City's Zoning Ordinance. 
  • Zoning Review - Reviews for zoning approval -  buildings, signs, fences, temporary trailers (i.e. storage), zoning confirmation/determination, and Zoning Use Permits for commercial and home businesses.
  • Enforcement - Conducts field inspections to identify zoning violations and investigate zoning-related complaints.


Alfredo Gutierrez Velasquez
Zoning Administrator
(540) 667-1815, ext. 1492

Aidan Davis
Deputy Zoning Administrator
(540) 667-1815., ext. 1420

Rouss City Hall
15 North Cameron St., 3rd Floor
Winchester, VA  22601
Dept. Fax (540) 722-3618