Faced with a looming water crisis, officials in Lake County, Fla., may scale back future population estimates, making it harder for developers to get approval for new construction in unincorporated areas of the county. By cutting 33,000 residents from the county's comprehensive growth plan, commissioners hope to avoid a strain on water resources, schools and roads. "We want to ensure that the comp plan doesn't promote urban sprawl," said Amye King, the county's growth-management director.

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