Thursday, December 15, 2016
The Westport Democratic Town Committee (DTC) tonight recommended Danielle Dobin, a real estate attorney, to succeed Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commissioner David Lessing, who resigned in October.
The six remaining P&Z commissioners must vote on the recommendation, but are expected to endorse it. She will serve out Lessing’s term, which expires in 2017.
“I want to serve on the P&Z because I love living in Westport and plan on living here as long as possible,” Dobin said in an interview.
“It’s really important to me to preserve the existing character of the town. I know we can’t avoid future development—and certainly wouldn’t want to avoid all development—but I think it really critically important that development be on our terms instead of something foisted upon us.”
In addition to preserving Westport’s character, she said other issues important to her include preserving open space and “taking a long term view of traffic.”
“I don’t know there’s that much we can do about traffic right now, but I think it important to mitigate traffic issues in the future,” she said.
Dobin, a mother of two, is a one-time staff assistant to former Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL), an associate at the Skadden Arps law firm, weekly style blogger for the Forbes Style File, the Professional Woman’s Guide to Style, and current owner of a firm engaging in real estate development, investment and consulting. She is also founder of Apifeni, a line of activewear for women.
She attended The George Washington University, received a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and a master’s in real estate development and investment from New York University.
She and husband Christopher recently moved from the Coleytown area to the Compo Beach area.
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Westport is fortunate to have this outstanding woman in our town. Danielle’s education and experience makes her the ideal candidate to serve on the P&Z.