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Updated: 11/27/2013 08:00:08AM

County regulations hinder development, critics say

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MURDOCK — As Charlotte County officials continue to revise land development regulations as a prelude to amending the overall comprehensive plan, some say the long-range planning document limits development and needs to be modified.

At Tuesday’s regular Charlotte County Commission meeting, commissioners and residents sounded off about the proposed changes, as well as the SmartCharlotte 2050 comprehensive plan, claiming they are more restrictive than state guidelines in some instances. Local officials are prohibited from adopting regulations less restrictive than existing state rules but can implement tougher guidelines if they choose.

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