Randy Bright

Randy W. Bright, AIA, NCARB, is an architect who specializes in church and church-related projects. You may contact him at 918-582-3972, rwbrightchurcharch@sbcglobal.net or www.churcharchitect.net.

Why are Tulsa’s officials pushing high-density housing?

    

In an article authored by Joel Kotkin entitled, More Local Decisions Usurped by Ideological Regulators, Kotkin makes the point that high-density planning is being forced upon citizens, not just in his home state of California, but across the nation. In particular to California, Kotkin wrote that their governor was one who “has made little secret […]

The detestable act of abortion shows insight on our nation

    

Anyone who is a dog owner has had that moment when they catch their dog drinking from the toilet bowl.  Upon admonishment, the dog gives you a quizzical look that says, “Is something wrong”? Perhaps it is an unfair comparison, and it is obviously not even in the league with things that go on in […]

Feds are working to overrule local zoning ordinances

    

My concerns about Tulsa’s proposed zoning code may all prove to be a moot point. Recently, the Obama administration and HUD released the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, that according to HUD, “the purpose of the proposed rule is to end the deep-rooted pattern of segregation in communities across the country.”  The rule has […]

Density will follow abortion and homosexual marriage

    

Zoning codes that are being pushed today throughout the country are fixed upon the greatest prize that government and urban planners seek to achieve – density. Like the term “sustainability” – which has a different meaning depending on who you ask – density also is a key word intended to force something undesirable upon the […]

Our zoning code should be protection for property rights

    

In last week’s article, I discussed the fact that so many property owners and their local governments are in conflict with each other.  This is in spite of the fact that most local governments have zoning codes and comprehensive plans that are intended to create harmony between the two. Where does this disparity begin?  I […]

Government trampling on property rights with zoning

    

While I concurrently study the Tulsa Zoning Code Update Public Review Draft and news from around America that involves zoning codes, one common theme emerges – a disharmony exists between citizens and their local government and between citizens and other citizens. The question is why do we need a zoning code at all, and the […]

SCOTUS marriage ruling was a sad day for America

    

It was with at great deal of sadness that I heard last Friday about the decision of the Supreme Court that will give the right to marry to homosexuals. I will say from the outset, this is not a topic I want to write about.  However, if I am going to demand that pastors and […]

Tulsa new zoning code could really affect our churches

    

Last week I wrote about how I believe that the proposed Tulsa Zoning Code held a “soft” urban growth boundary, which is embodied in a particular section of the proposed code.  I concluded the article with the statement that “Its impact will all depend on how it is interpreted and who has the power to […]

Tulsa’s new zoning code could affect agricultural space

    

In last week’s article regarding my study of the Public Review Draft of the proposed Tulsa Zoning Code, I alluded to the fact that I believed that it contains an Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). Wikipedia defines a UGB as “a regional boundary, set in an attempt to control urban sprawl by mandating that the area […]

Will Tulsa’s new zoning code offer more or fewer options?

    

As I have continued to study the Public Review Draft of the proposed Tulsa Zoning Code Update, I have become very concerned about one thing in particular as it relates not only to possible church development in Tulsa, but other commercial and mixed use developments as well. The Public Review Draft is available on the […]