‘Land banking’ in the U.S. resembles little what it appears to be in the Netherlands. Rather, land banking in the U.S. is much narrower in scope, and it is applied in different contexts to address different problems. Or, perhaps, some number of land-banking-like policy goals are promoted in the U.S. as in the Netherlands, but different terms are used to describe those approaches. One of the constant challenges in conducting a cross-national comparative assessments is discerning whether perceived differences are real or merely semantic, and whether perceived similarities are real or rather inaptly described (Norton and Bieri 2014).