The City of Waynesboro is centrally located along the I-81 corridor in the eastern portion of Virginia’s scenic and historic Shenandoah Valley. Our convenient location along I-64 provides easy access to major locations in the Midwest and eastern seaboard. Exit numbers to the city from I-64 are: exit 99 to 250 west, exit 96 to Delphine Ave, and exit 94 to Rosser Ave. and from I-81, exit 222 to 250 east. Waynesboro is an independent city covering approximately 15 square miles and is located in the eastern portion of Augusta County. Staunton is located eight miles to the west and Charlottesville is 29 miles to the east. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, and the Appalachian Trail intersect four miles to the Southeast of the city.
Citizens elect a five-member City Council, who selects from among the council a Mayor. Elections are held every two years on May 1 with either two or three seats up for election. The city is divided into four wards; Council is comprised of one member from each ward and one at-large member. City Council appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, Council Clerk, City Assessor, and members to various boards and commissions. Other elected positions include Commissioner of Revenue, City Treasurer, Commonwealth Attorney, City Sheriff and Circuit Court Clerk.
The City Government is comprised of 18 departments; details of their services are outlined on the main municipal website. Links to common departments critical to new and existing businesses are listed below. Most forms and regulations are online at each department’s webpage.
- Building and Zoning: application of zoning ordinance and building permits
- Commissioner of Revenue: issues tax bills and business licenses
- Planning: reviews zoning applications, master plans, comprehensive plans, and capital improvements
- Public Works: maintains community infrastructure and operates water and sewer plants
- Treasurer: collects all monies owed to and maintained by the city
The City manages several facilities. The City Manager and most other administrative officials are located in City Hall with the Economic Development and Tourism offices located one block away. Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and Public Safety facilities are located throughout the City.