Westport Land Conservation Trust’s plans for the former St. Vincent de Paul Camp are moving forward. Selectmen last week gave their conditional approval for the town to purchase one parcel of the property — Lot C, the recreational area, for $500,000. The funds will come from the Ag/Open Space Trust Fund.

Lot C, known as the “camp core,” is approximately 21 acres, and contains a few buildings including an indoor basketball court. Plans call for the parcel to be transformed into a public park/ recreational area.

The board gave its approval for the purchase on the condition that they see a detailed plan on how the land will be used.

Selectman R. Michael Sullivan said he was “reticent to commit these funds when we don’t have a plan.”

Steve Sloan of Westport Land Conservation Trust told the board that the town is not expected to close on the property until January 2019 and assured members that a plan would be developed before that time.

“Before moving forward with the actual purchase, they’d like us to present a management plan that discusses in more detail the uses and costs of operating the property,” Sloan said in an interview after the meeting.

Early last year, WLCT entered into an agreement with the Diocese of Fall River to purchase the entire property, 82 acres, for $1.55 million and expects to complete the purchase in January 2018.

The WLCT intends to preserve about 59 acres of the property, known as “Parcel D,” and develop hiking trails there. In May, town meeting approved a $350,000 expenditure from Community Preservation Act funds to acquire a conservation restriction on Parcel D.

Later in 2019, the WLCT will sell the remaining section of the property, “Parcel A,” which is 1.38 acres abutting Adamsville Road, as a single family residence.