Albemarle County soon will begin a process to amend its Comprehensive Plan to incorporate recommendations from a newly endorsed proposal to conserve biological diversity in the county.

The Biodiversity Action Plan, also referred to as the BAP, was created in response to the current Comprehensive Plan, which was most recently updated in June 2015 and calls for an action plan for biodiversity “to protect significant areas of biological importance in the county.”

On July 5, the Board of Supervisors endorsed the BAP and directed staff to begin working with the Planning Commission to amend the county’s guiding land-use document. The board is scheduled to approve an amendment in about a year.