A Nexus Study is an economic study that analyzes the impact of a particular kind of development on the need for affordable housing, or other needs. A jobs/housing nexus study was done in 2001 in Mountain View to document that creating new jobs leads to a need for affordable housing. In 2011, another nexus study was prepared to show the demand for affordable housing created by market-rate rental and for-sale housing. Los Altos joined other cities to prepare a nexus study that was completed in 2017 as the basis for consideration of impact and in-lieu fees.

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