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Mark

As far as local Wordpress development environments go, I'm a huge fan of Local by Flywheel. It might not let you tweak subtle aspects of the installation, but if all you want to do is spin up a new Wordpress install to develop on, it probably takes all of 30 seconds to configure and it'll handle all the heavy lifting.

If you're venturing further into Wordpress development, IMO the tools made by Roots are the best out there. I typically just use Sage, their 'starter theme,' but they've got a whole ecosystem of tools designed for high-quality development on Wordpress (including some designed specifically for plugin development).