The county Planning Board has split on a recommendation that the county Board of Appeals approve a day care center on Route 108 on the eastern edge of Columbia.
Helen Ruther, Planning Board chairwoman, and vice chairwoman Kay Partridge favored approval, while board members Nelson Fenwick and William Manning voted against it.
Partridge, referring to a Planning and Zoning Department staff recommendation against a special exception for the property, said, "I think the concern of the staff was that it would be overwhelmingly commercial-looking, and I don't see that."
She and Ruther voted to recommend approval of the day care center on the condition that plans be reduced from 30 to 25 children and it changed to satisfy county planning requirements. Owner Arlyne Stoler promised to make the changes.
Plans submitted by Stoler, a partner in two day care centers in Montgomery County, would set up the center in a split-foyer home now under construction on the west side of Route 108 south of Old WaterlooRoad. The Ellicott City resident plans to live in the upper level and run the center downstairs with her 25-year-old daughter.
But Fenwick and Manning said that while they were both day care advocates, they wanted to see revised plans before approving the land's use. Board member Dale Schumacher didn't attend the meeting.
Barbara Gastinger, who lives on Route 108 a little more than a half-mile north of the property, testified against the center, saying she was concerned about the aesthetics of the center in the middle of an area designatedas open space. She also said 30 cars would be entering and exiting heavily congested Route 108 during rush hour.
Stoler said parents would not all be coming at once, however.
On other cases, the Planning Board:
* Recommended that the Board of Appeals approve a special exception for a High's convenience store and gasoline station at the corner of Triadelphia and Ten Oaks roads in Glenelg.
* Recommended that the Board of Appeals approve a special exception for a new church on Madison Street in Lisbon. The Liberty Baptist Church, with about 450 western county and southern Carroll County residents in its congregation, plans to build a 10,500-square-foot church on 13.3 acres donated by the Harless Family in 1985. The church is expected to cost between $900,000 and $1 million and open for Easter Sunday in 1993.