Civil Engineers And Planners


Civil Engineers And Planners

Our Focus


  • Residential and commercial site development
  • Planning, zoning and wetlands expertise
  • Coastal and marine structures and facilities
  • Roadway and bridge infrastructure improvements
  • Subsurface sewage disposal system design
  • Local, state and federal permitting
  • Stormwater management and flood control

Indigo Land Design is a full-service, fully insured boutique civil engineering firm based in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. The firm was formally established in 2004 by its principal, Joe Wren, PE. We pride ourselves in superior “old-fashioned” client service and communication which has resulted in a very successful track record and an impeccable reputation. Our work consists of a wide variety of projects of all types and sizes, ranging from single-family residential homes to major commercial developments. Our experience spans more than 1,500 projects in more than 80 towns and cities in CT, MA, RI, NY, and VT.

Shoreline Expertise

In Connecticut alone, we have successfully completed several hundred shoreline development projects from Stonington to Darien. Working in this environment involves complex regulations that demand special care and attention to detail that we have refined through years of experience. Indigo thrives in this space and we welcome the challenges of the most complex shoreline sites.

  • Tidal Wetlands
  • Coastal Area Management
  • Shoreline FEMA Flood Zones
  • Marine Structures
  • Beach Nourishment
  • USACE, FEMA, DEEP, and local permitting

Regulatory Expertise

All projects require various levels of regulatory approvals involving local town/city boards and commissions. Indigo has extensive experience in permitting with all regulatory agencies and maintains key professional relationships with each to maximize accuracy, completeness, and efficiency for permitting processes. 

  • Planning & Zoning, Zoning Board of Appeals, Inland Wetlands, Conservation, CT River Gateway
  • Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP)
  • US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • Dept. of Transportation (DOT)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Real Estate Expertise

Mr. Wren is a licensed real estate agent and a Director of Business Development (New Development Services) with William Raveis Real Estate. In this role, Joe provides consultation to agents for projects throughout the Northeast and Florida regarding all types of land and development projects. He has spoken at industry events educating other realtors in aspects of land use, including construction, FEMA flood, septic systems, land development and subdivision, and more. 

  • Representing buyers and sellers
  • Consulting with architects and engineers
  • Single-family homes
  • Commercial/industrial buildings
  • Industrial parks
  • Vacant land

What our clients and project partners have to say:

“Joe had a thorough understanding of the challenges of building on a non-conforming residential lot with the issues of the tidal marsh wetlands, a designated flood zone, and set back requirements. Joe successfully managed the project through all the local application and approvals process. The success of this project is directly related to Joe Wren’s Engineering Expertise and his commitment to his client.”

“Joe and his team went above and beyond for us. Joe is extraordinarily meticulous, diligent, and responsive. Their work product was truly outstanding and impressive and of a caliber beyond what I was expecting. In our package to the Zoning Commission, he presented our facts and circumstances more articulately and concisely than we could have presented ourselves. We are forever grateful for finding Joe and his team. Thank you and we hope to work with Joe again soon on another project.”

“The City of Middletown has enjoyed a beneficial working relationship with Indigo. Mr. Wren has been very responsive to our needs; producing quality materials in a timely fashion, researching methods and materials to further our project and responding to questions whenever we have them. He represents his clients in a professional manner and skillfully explains technical principals to the commission members. We look forward to working with Joe Wren and Indigo Designs on future City projects.”

“Joe (Wren) was a key contributor to the overall success of this project for two major reasons: capability and commitment. Throughout the duration of the project Joe demonstrated the ability to maneuver through issues related to both the design and construction process. He also consistently demonstrated the ability to complete work in a timely, efficient manner and meet or exceed all goals and expectations. I can confidently recommend Joe Wren and the services of his company (Indigo) to you and your team on any project.”

“A true testimonial to the seamless work that he does on a client’s behalf. Our experience with Joe (Wren) and his company was top-notch and I give this reference without reservation and encourage you to use Joe Wren and Indigo Land Design, LLC in your project.”

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