Bill Leighty is a local blogger and Walter & Associates real estate professional with 34 years experience in the local market.

He has been actively involved in the community he loves by sharing his leadership skills in school and community related activities and organizations. In February of 2009, Bill was appointed by Mayor Kathy Taylor and confirmed by the City Council to a seat on the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission where he served for five years, including a stint as its Chair. Bill was also appointed to the Mayor’s Land Use Task Force created to make recommendations for improved public education and communications regarding land use matters.

Most recently, Bill served 5-years on Tulsa’s Transportation Advisory Board as Vice-Chair, which makes transit related recommendations to the Mayor and City Council. Continuing to give back to the community he loves,

Bill founded Smart Growth Tulsa in 2014, an Oklahoma non-profit organization whose mission is To Advocate and Shape Smart Public Policy. Bill Leighty gives tirelessly of himself on behalf of his clients, customers and organizations through his sheer energy, uncompromising hard work and dedication. From historical preservation areas to new construction, Bill knows the real estate market, both residential and commercial.

SMART GROWTH PRINCIPLES Spend wisely

Some commonly accepted Smart Growth Principles encourage mixed land use development Promote compact building designs Create a range of housing opportunities and choices Build walkable neighborhoods Foster unique, attractive communities with a sense of place Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities Provide a variety…

SMART GROWTH TOOLS Use with care

Smart growth theory becomes practice through redevelopment strategies and zoning policies that channel housing and job growth into urban centers and neighborhood business districts. They create compact, walkable, and bike- and transit-friendly hubs. This typically requires local governments to implement code changes that allow for increased density and relaxed parking regulations that not only eliminate…

SMART GROWTH TRANSPORTATION Transit plays a key role in Smart Growth neighborhoods

The relationship between housing and transportation is key to creating smart growth neighborhoods because the goal is to reduce families overall housing and transportation costs. Statistics indicate the average American family spends more than 50% of their household budget on housing and transportation combined. Smart growth strategies can help families reduce these combined costs. Smart…

SMART GROWTH ECONOMY Create neighborhoods that are unique and appealing

Smart growth proponents see opportunities in the redevelopment of vacant, abandoned properties and brownfields sites.  We observe that as development gets pushed further out from the core of our cities to the fringe of town,  our main streets and central neighborhoods are often left neglected. There is enormous economic development potential in these abandoned storefronts…