Government to announce comprehensive overhaul of Resource Management Act

An engineering professor says the Government has a mammoth task on its hands if it wants to streamline the Resource Management Act.

An overhaul is being announced on Wednesday, which is expected to tackle a range of issues with the current model.

But engineering professor John Tookey told The AM Show there are other factors to bear in mind.

"There's a lot of moving parts associated with this," he said. 

Tookey believes the Government may be taking a gamble with the timing of the overhaul, being announced by Environment Minister David Parker on Wednesday morning.

Cutting costs might be big a big ask, Tookey said.

"To be brutally honest, I think the Government is taking on a hell of a proposition," he told The AM Show. "Particularly running up to the election which is not that far away."

Parker will make the announcement at 9:30am.