The Old Town Advancement Commission (O.T.A.C. formerly known as the Old Town Development Board), makes recommendations on the Old Town Winchester budget funded primarily through a special assessment on properties within the commercial historic district. OTAC operates as an advisory board to the City Council of the City of Winchester for the primary and secondary Old Town assessment districts. The Old Town Advancement Commission is responsible to advise the City Council for the improvement, maintenance, development, planning, and promotion of Old Town Winchester and to serve as ambassadors promoting Old Town. Appointed by the Winchester Common Council, the Commission is made up of individuals representing downtown property owners, business owners, and residents of the City of Winchester. Please click here to view the list of current of Commissioners. The Commission meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in Rouss City Hall, at 15 North Cameron Street, Winchester, Virginia. Please click here to view the current meeting schedule.
The Commission also serves as a Main Street Board. Winchester’s concentrated downtown revitalization effort began with its designation as a Virginia Main Street Community in 1985 by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. It was one of the first five localities in Virginia to receive this designation. The Main Street Approach provides a flexible framework that puts the traditional assets of downtown, such as unique architecture and locally-owned businesses, to work as a catalyst for economic growth and community pride. Winchester remains a fully accredited National Main Street program.
The efforts of the Winchester Old Town Advancement Commission have earned it recognition for excellence in the field of downtown revitalization by meeting high standards of performance set by the Virginia Main Street Program and the National Trust for Historic Preservations National Main Street Center. Since its inception as a Main Street Program in 1985, Winchester recognizes more than $110 million dollars in private investment toward preserving the historic character of downtown Winchester. More than 390 net new businesses have opened and over 1,400 new jobs have been created.
Please click here to view the City Budget which includes the Old Town Expenses and Revenue.