Leavenworth and Kelo

Many of the issues listed in the 2013 state legislative agenda are marked as priorities items. These include annexation. Commissioners oppose any change to state law that would limit the authority of cities to grow through annexation.

When it comes to eminent domain, commissioners are asking for increased flexibility to use it for economic development purposes, including blight remediation, without having to obtain approval from the state Legislature.


The Commissioners of Leavenworth, Kansas are determined to allow eminent domain proceedings to continue for economic development. This runs contrary to the trend of other governmental units throughout the country. In State after State, legislators or the electorate has limited eminent domain actions for economic gain. Leavenworth seems to be going in precisely the opposite direction.