WESTPORT — The town’s Land Conservation Trust got the green light from selectmen to pursue a state grant and to release open space funds toward the purchase of former St. Vincent de Paul land on Adamsville Road.

But Selectman R. Michael Sullivan echoed the sentiment from a state grant authority: Develop more concrete plans for the approximate 22 acres of land that will be used toward recreation and a sports complex.

WLCT Land Specialist Steve Sloan met with selectmen on Monday and also met with the Finance Committee the previous week.

Sloan received permission for $500,000 of pledged open space and recreation money to go toward the project, which calls for the development of one lot, nearing 60 acres, to be used for hiking trails and other passive recreation.

The $500,000 would go toward the town’s purchase of Lot C, or the active recreation parcel. To that, Sullivan persuaded the board to grant conditional approval, which would call on the WLCT to develop more definitive plans.

Sloan said he planned on calling on neighbors of the property and other entities in town to help decide on the parcel, which has a indoor basketball court.

Sloan’s second request was to pursue a $196,000 state land conservation services grant toward the development of the largest parcel, which could be used for the hiking trails and the passive recreation area. In fact, the WLCT was rejected for this grant, due to lack of definitive plans for the former camp site. Sloan said the state entity encouraged a second application and Sloan indicated that the chances of approval are high. He added that, if approved, it would help reimburse by 56 percent pledged for the project by the May Annual Town Meeting body.

Sloan said the concept will be that the 22 acres will be an ideal community recreation area.

In April, WLCT Interim Executive Director Jennifer Dubois said new plans call for the sale of one lot, formerly the St. Vincent de Paul caretaker home, as a market value property.