WESTPORT — Within minutes the Planning and Zoning Commission gained a member and then lost one.

Democrat Danielle Dobin, nominated by the Westport Democratic Town Committee in December, was sworn in by First Selectman Jim Marpe at the Jan. 19 meeting of the P&Z.

“I am delighted for the opportunity to be on this commission, and I view land-use politics as nonpartisan. I’m really excited to be on the same team as all these people behind me and excited to do a great job for Westport,” Dobin said.

Immediately after Dobin spoke, Chairwoman Cathy Walsh announced that Democrat Andra Vebell, who served since 2013, had resigned.

“It’s been a great honor, and I thank the town of Westport for the opportunity to serve,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot.”

Vebell, who urged Dobin to join the commission, said her desicion to resign stemmed from family obligations.

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Danielle Dobin

Former associate representing real estate investors and lending institutions at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Managing member of Monarch Real Estate, a real estate investment company

Founder of Apifeni, an activewear apparel company with clients including FlyWheel and YogaWorks

Former staff assistant in the office of U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla.

A degree in political communication from George Washington University, a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a master’s degree in real estate finance from New York University

“I have a 95-year-old father who lives right next door to me, and it’s a demanding situation,” she said of her father, Edward, a famous artist who sketched the Nuremberg war-crimes trials.

“It’s been a pleasure working with you these years,” Walsh told Vebell.

“You will be missed,” added Commissioner Chip Stephens.