Eminent Domain FAQ 1

Can a municipality condemn land located outside of its boundaries?

Yes. Municipal governing bodies are expressly authorized to acquire property by purchase or condemnation “within or outside” the municipality for certain specified public purposes such as parks, water systems, sewage systems, airports and cemeteries. See Wis. Stat. secs. 62.22(1) (cities) and 61.34(3), (3m) (villages). Municipalities cannot condemn property either within or outside the municipality for industrial sites. Id.