The Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 to allow the use of eminent domain to acquire property for the Nike Park bike and pedestrian trail.
Newport District Supervisor Buzz Bailey cast the dissenting vote.
Chairman Rex Alphin announced that Smithfield Supervisor Al Casteen had taken ill before the meeting and was unable to attend.
Condemnation would only be used as a last resort, said Alphin.
Isle of Wight County attorney Mark Popovich said that unless the county proceeds with acquiring right-of-ways and other activities associated with constructing the trail, the money will no longer be available.