The Carrboro Board of Aldermen should be cautious about how it proceeds in handling opposition to constructing large buildings in the town.
On Tuesday, the aldermen decided unanimously to impose a moratorium on applications for permits to build structures of more than two stories on 25 specific properties. The delay will allow a town subcommittee to plan a buffer zone between tall buildings and residential areas.
The moratorium is reasonable by itself - residents have legitimate concerns about what's going on in areas close to their homes - but town leaders should be careful not to allow criticism of tall structures to inhibit the town's growth.
Local residents have expressed concerns that the future development might ruin Carrboro's small-town feel. For example, Chapel Hill resident Steve Hewitt told The Daily Tar Heel in September that large structures were a mismatch for the area.
The moratorium prevents developers from submitting applications to construct high buildings for 60 days, allowing time for the buffer zone subcommittee to complete its work and to give aldermen time to deal with its recommendation. The subcommittee is expected to finish its work quickly.