Nebraska Revised Statute 76-710.04
Chapter 76 Section 710.04
Economic development purpose; restriction on use of eminent domain.
(2) For purposes of this section, economic development purpose means taking property for subsequent use by a commercial for-profit enterprise or to increase tax revenue, tax base, employment, or general economic conditions.
(3) This section does not affect the use of eminent domain for:
(a) Public projects or private projects that make all or a major portion of the property available for use by the general public or for use as a right-of-way, aqueduct, pipeline, transmission line, or similar use;
(b) Removing harmful uses of property if such uses constitute an immediate threat to public health and safety;
(c) Leasing property to a private person who occupies an incidental part of public property or a public facility, such as a retail establishment on the ground floor of a public building;
(d) Acquiring abandoned property;
(e) Clearing defective property title;
(f) Taking private property for use by a utility or railroad;
(g) Taking private property based upon a finding of blighted or substandard conditions under the Community Development Law if the private property is not agricultural land or horticultural land as defined in section 77-1359; and
(h) Taking private property for a transmission line to serve a privately developed facility generating electricity using wind, solar, biomass, or landfill gas. Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to grant the power of eminent domain to a private entity.
- Community Development Law, see section 18-2101.
This section does not prevent a city from acquiring private property for use as a deceleration lane on an existing public road for traffic control and safety purposes, even if the deceleration lane is contiguous to access to a retailer. City of Omaha v. Tract No. 1, 18 Neb. App. 247, 778 N.W.2d 122 (2010).
This section prohibits the use of eminent domain only where its primary purpose is economic development, and not where economic development may be a collateral benefit. City of Omaha v. Tract No. 1, 18 Neb. App. 247, 778 N.W.2d 122 (2010).