The Community Planning Office responsibilities include development, management and implementation of County planning initiatives and coordination and implementation of the Pike County Comprehensive Plan.
Other core responsibilities of the Office of Community Planning are to provide professional technical planning assistance to municipal governments in such areas as municipal comprehensive planning, zoning, subdivision and land development, and to support and help facilitate local municipal and multi-municipal planning initiatives.
The Pike County Open Space, Greenways and Recreation Plan, "Growing...Naturally" was adopted by the Pike County Board of Commissioners on August 27th, 2008 as an official component of the Pike County Comprehensive Plan.
"Growing...Naturally" is a planning project partially funded through the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources (DCNR). The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has an action plan entitled "Pennsylvania Greenways, An Action Plan for Creating Connections". Through this plan, the goal for every county in Pennsylvania to adopt a greenway plan by 2007 was set. DCNR promotes the development of "greenway plans" by county and local governments as an integral part of their planning efforts. The goal of these planning efforts are to link greenways, identify and implement programs that address "green infrastructure", and integrating these efforts with community revitalization and economic development.