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 ENVIRONMENT Encourage reuse of existing development

Strategically locating homes, office buildings, roads and other developments can have long-term implications for the natural environment. Shorter trips and smart growth development decisions mean improved air and water quality by lowering greenhouse gas emissions, protecting the environment and helping families, businesses and whole communities thrive. By decreasing the amount of pavement per home built,…

SMART GROWTH BUSINESS support smart growth investments for the economic benefits

Sound smart growth policies benefit businesses when it comes to recruiting and retaining a well trained workforce, by increasing access to jobs through better transportation options, by contributing to the vitality of downtowns.  By attracting the millennial generation and creative class, smart growth helps workers, businesses and customers connect. By locating in smart growth areas,…

BAND TOGETHER TO SAVE THE SOONER SUB We Oklahomans own this track

Help save the state-owned tracks connecting Tulsa and OKC xxxxx The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is poised to sell state-owned railroad tracks linking Sapulpa and Oklahoma City. A sale likely would deliver a lethal blow to prospects for restoring passenger rail between Oklahoma’s two largest cities. The state acquired the 97.5 mile Sooner Sub line in…

MAKING THE CASE FOR THE SOONER SUB The State should retain ownership of the line

Historical Background information The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is poised to sell state-owned railroad tracks linking Sapulpa and Oklahoma City. According to many, if not most observers, a sale would likely deliver a lethal blow to prospects for restoring passenger rail between Oklahoma’s two largest cities. The state acquired the 97.5 mile Sooner Sub line…

MAYOR MISSED CHANCE ON PARKING Bottom line, this is a classic property rights struggle

Yet another missed opportunity. Mayor Dewey Bartlett has missed an important opportunity to implement a key element of Tulsa’s comprehensive plan. He expresses support for the plan publicly but has fallen short with his behind-the-scene action. The plan’s Land Use Chapter says: “To support downtown’s lively and walkable urban character, automobile parking ideally is located…