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.

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 […]

Tulsa’s new zoning code should not be restricting churches


This is an article I wrote for the July 2, 2009, issue of the Tulsa Beacon regarding the conclusion of the PlaniTulsa comprehensive planning done by the urban planning consultant John Fregonese, and the initiation of the re-writing of the new Tulsa Zoning Code. As I continue my study of the new zoning code draft […]

Questions remain about Tulsa’s proposed zoning code


Last week was the beginning of what will be a series of articles regarding Tulsa’s new proposed zoning code. I attended a meeting held by Kirk Bishop of Duncan Associates, the consultant who has written the new code, and who has been holding public forum meetings to present it. The meeting I attended was hosted […]