The Planning and Zoning Department has a $50,000 request in the town\u2019s budget proposal for 2017-18 that would pay to get started on a new Plan of Conservation and Development.The plan has to be updated under state law every 10 years. The latest plan was adopted on Jan. 1, 2010, and the 10th anniversary is three years down the road. First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice said Planning Director Bob Nerney wants to get started in 2018, rather than wait another year, because interest in development on Route 7 has been running high.\u201cI think it\u2019s something the town will be pursuing in the not so distant future,\u201d Nerney said of the work, which would involve gathering thoughts and opinions from a number of boards and commissions in town.\u201cMy guess is there may be a focus on economic development opportunities in town, and trying to balance those with more traditional objectives on the quality of life,\u201d Nerney said.He said of lot of unexpected things have occurred since the 2010 plan was adopted, like the recovery from the Great Recession, after which there has been a greater interest in economic development and a realization that it is an important component of the quality of life.\u201cThe quality of life with the community is tied to planning initiatives,\u201d Nerney said.It\u2019s not strictly a Planning and Zoning document.\u201cIt\u2019s really a townwide document, integrating all these ideas, and it involves a lot of public discussion,\u201d Nerney said.Charrettes, meetings at which the public may share ideas, will be scheduled if the funding is awarded in the budget request.The question of what town boards and commissions will add to the plan is up in the air. Vivian Lee-Schiue, chairman of the Economic and Development Commission, said she could not comment on the work because there has been no discussion of it among members and town officials.Debra Hanson, executive director of the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the opportunity to participate in guiding the plan.\u201cIt sounds like a great practice and I certainly endorse it,\u201d Hanson said.There\u2019s no guarantee the $50,000 will be included in the town\u2019s next approved budget. Facing what she termed a \u201cperfect storm\u201d of rising expenses and decreasing state aid, Vanderslice announced that departmental budget requests total $33,137,806, for a 2.9% increase over the current budget.However, Vanderslice listed as a budget priority funding for phase one of the update of the Plan of Conservation and Development.