DOUGLASS TWP., Pa. -

A legal battle between a Montgomery County township and a mulch operation appears to finally be over.

The legal dispute began last year when Douglass Township, along with a group of residents, sued Mountain Mulch for allegedly violating zoning laws by running a big commercial operation on preserved farmland on Sassamansville Road.

On Tuesday, the dispute came to an apparent end after the township, residents and mulch company inked a settlement in the court of common pleas.

Under the settlement, Mountain Mulch has agreed to relocate to another site, and abandon mulch-related operations at the Sassamansville Road property. Both sides are aiming for this to be accomplished by the end of the year.

In the meantime, the township has agreed to take no further enforcement or legal actions against Mountain Mulch.

The settlement includes a gag order.

Earlier in the year, 69 News spoke with residents near Mountain Mulch, who said the mulching operation "made a mockery of farmland preservation."

Residents complained of loud noise, dust, strong odors and huge much piles, which they said spontaneously caught on fire over the summer.