Many of our neighboring communities of all economic and political compositions have lived through builder’s remedy lawsuits, including Montvale.  Prior to the Fair Housing Act of 1985, the courts were the ones who took the actions; not a single reported case was dismissed without the municipality taking some action to rezone property or otherwise provide for multi-family housing.  In Bergen County alone, the municipalities that have had builder’s remedy suits include Alpine, Demarest, Fairlawn, Fort Lee, Little Ferry, Mahwah, New Milford, River Vale and Upper Saddle River.  These municipalities either voluntarily or pursuant to court order were forced to take actions to allow for higher-density inclusionary zoning.  Montvale was also subject to litigation from two developers who filed builder’s remedy lawsuits in 1989.  This resulted in the Borough rezoning seven sites to satisfy the Court’s requirements.