Nebraska Revised Statute 19-709

Chapter 19


Property; acquisition for public use; limitation; purposes enumerated; procedure.

The mayor and city council of any city of the first class or city of the second class or the chairperson and members of the village board of trustees of any village shall have power to purchase or appropriate private property or school lands for the use of the city or village for streets, alleys, avenues, parks, parkways, boulevards, sanitary sewers, storm water sewers, public squares, public auditoriums, public fire stations, training facilities for firefighters, market places, public heating plants, power plants, gas works, electric light plants, wells, or waterworks, including mains, pipelines, and settling basins therefor, and to acquire outlets and the use of streams for sewage disposal. When necessary for the proper construction of any of the works described in this section, the right of appropriation shall extend such distance as may be necessary from the corporate limits of the city or village, except that no city of the first class, city of the second class, or village may acquire through the exercise of the power of eminent domain or otherwise any real estate within the zoning jurisdiction of any other city of the first class, city of the second class, or village for any of the works enumerated in this section if the use for which the real estate is to be acquired would be contrary to or would not be a use permitted by the existing zoning ordinances and regulations of such other city or village, but such real estate may be acquired within the zoning jurisdiction of another city of the first class, city of the second class, or village for such contrary or nonpermitted use if the governing body of such other city or village approves such acquisition and use. Such power shall also include the right to appropriate for any of the purposes described in this section any plant or works already constructed, or any part thereof, whether such plant or works lie wholly within the city or village or part within and part without the city or village or beyond the corporate limits of such city or village, including all real estate, buildings, machinery, pipes, mains, hydrants, basins, and reservoirs, and all appurtenances reasonably necessary thereto and a part thereof, or connected with such works or plants, and all franchises to own and operate the same, if any. The procedure to condemn property shall be exercised in the manner set forth in sections 76-704 to 76-724, except as to property specifically excluded by section 76-703 and as to which sections 19-701 to 19-707 or the Municipal Natural Gas System Condemnation Act is applicable.


  • Laws 1901, c. 18, § 50, p. 268;
  • Laws 1901, c. 18, § 52, p. 270;
  • Laws 1901, c. 18, § 54, p. 272;
  • Laws 1901, c. 19, § 5, p. 316;
  • Laws 1907, c. 14, § 1, p. 121;
  • Laws 1909, c. 19, § 1, p. 184;
  • R.S.1913, § 4904;
  • C.S.1922, § 4072;
  • C.S.1929, § 16-601;
  • R.S.1943, § 16-601;
  • Laws 1951, c. 101, § 50, p. 464;
  • Laws 1961, c. 44, § 1, p. 175;
  • R.R.S.1943, § 16-601;
  • Laws 1963, c. 88, § 1, p. 297;
  • Laws 1965, c. 81, § 1, p. 318;
  • Laws 1967, c. 91, § 1, p. 281;
  • Laws 1971, LB 583, § 1;
  • Laws 1977, LB 340, § 1;
  • Laws 2002, LB 384, § 30;
  • Laws 2019, LB193, § 65.

Cross References

  • Municipal Natural Gas System Condemnation Act, see section 19-4624.


  • Village could acquire land through the power of eminent domain even though the use which it sought to make of the land was not permitted by its zoning ordinance. Witzel v. Village of Brainard, 208 Neb. 231, 302 N.W.2d 723 (1981).

  • The term "street" includes the portion for parkway and sidewalk. M.R.D. Corp. v. City of Bellevue, 195 Neb. 722, 240 N.W.2d 46 (1976).