Urban Districts


Urban Districts maintain and enhance the County’s downtowns (Bethesda, Silver Spring, and Wheaton) as prosperous, livable urban centers, increasing maintenance of the streetscape and its amenities; providing additional public amenities such as plantings, seating, shelters, and works of art; promoting the commercial and residential interests of these areas; and programming cultural and community activities.


The total recommended FY16 Operating Budget for the Urban Districts is $8,171,808, a decrease of $569,494 or 6.5 percent from the FY15 Approved Budget of $8,741,302. Personnel Costs comprise 47.1 percent of the budget for 60 full-time positions and one part-time position, and a total of 58.30 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 52.9 percent of the FY16 budget.


While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • A Responsive, Accountable County Government
  • Healthy and Sustainable Neighborhoods
  • Safe Streets and Secure Neighborhoods
  • Strong and Vibrant Economy
  • Vital Living for All of Our Residents


Performance measures for this department are included below, with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY15 estimates reflect funding based on the FY15 approved budget. The FY16 and FY17 figures are performance targets based on the FY16 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY17.


  • Studio B located at 7475 Wisconsin Avenue is a public arts amenity managed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership which offers three studios where artists can create, display, teach, and sell art.

  • The Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District launched the Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Contest.

  • The Taste of Bethesda celebrated its 25th anniversary; 54 restaurants participated and 56,400 tickets were sold.

  • The Silver Spring Urban District (SSUD) provided support to over 40 community outdoor celebrations on Veterans Plaza, as well as a number of events throughout the rest of downtown Silver Spring (i.e., South Silver Spring Street Festival; Taste the World in Fenton Village.)

  • The Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP), in partnership with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, organized two community bicycle safety classes in 2014. BUP installed a new bike repair station on the Capital Crescent Trail at Bradley Boulevard.

  • Working with the Montgomery County Conference and Visitors Bureau, SSUD developed and distributed to area hotels the first ever widely available map highlighting downtown Silver Spring restaurants and area amenities. This map is also available at the Civic Building. The map, coupled with the extensively used web directory for Silver Spring provides valuable information to facilitate visitors 'staying in Silver Spring’ – and patronizing area restaurants and amenities.

  • The Wheaton Urban District (WUD), with state grant funding, purchased 18 solar powered trash and recycling containers.

  • WUD continued to build on its brand identity for Downtown Wheaton creating new signage, seasonal and pedestrian banners, and holiday lighting.

  • WUD created new partnerships in FY14 to enhance its event programming and increase visibility within the community and the DMV Region (DC, Maryland, and Virginia), including the creation of a new signature event with the DMV Food Truck Association.


Contact Ken Hartman of the Urban Districts at 240.777.8206 or Helen P. Vallone of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2755 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.