Denise Torve has been elected chairwoman of the Coalition for Westport, the local minority party formed in 2013 out of concerns about land-use issues, party leaders have announced.

Torve succeeds Michael Nayor, a former Planning and Zoning Commission member who was one of the party's founders.

Torve, a principal in the Westport public relations firm Connections, ran unsuccessfully for Planning and Zoning Commission on the party's slate in the 2013 municipal election.

Other officers elected at the party's annual meeting in October include Glenn Payne, vice chairman; Howard Lathrop, treasurer, and Jo Ann Davidson, treasurer, the party said in a news release.

The Coalition for Westport fielded a full slate of candidates for Planning and Zoning Commission in 2013, but none were elected. The party did receive enough votes, however, to be certified by the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission as an official minority party.

In the news release, Torve said the party would address multiple planning and zoning issues, including downtown development, the Compo Beach master plan, historic district issues, Baron's South and "other matters affecting the town's continued evolution."

Nayor and another former P&Z commissioner, David Press, launched the party in the spring of 2013, saying the planning process in town lacked vision. They voiced concern then about leaders who liked the status quo and did not want things to change.

In the news release, Nayor said he plans to remain active in the party.

"The coalition believes in a dynamic, vibrant Westport that deals with change in a positive way," he said.